Nushawn Williams does not have HIV, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Attorney John Nuchereno stunned many when he said Williams - the man accused of infecting 11 Chautauqua County women with HIV - never had the virus during a State Supreme Court hearing in Erie County. The announcement was based on new court-ordered tests.
"Nushawn just accepted the truth that he had the virus," Nuchereno told The Post-Journal. "Everyone just took for granted that the tests done were accurate. The test they used, it's presumed you're positive (with HIV). It said do not reach a diagnosis based on the test.
"Bottom line: The test had a lot of false positives."
Williams pleaded guilty in 1999, three years after accusations first surfaced, to reckless endangerment and statutory rape. The Bronx native was sentenced to four to 12 years in state prison by County Court Judge John T. Ward.
His prison term ended in 2010. However, Williams remains at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden under civil confinement law of registered sex offenders.
Nuchereno said tests done at the University of Massachusetts Medical School showed Williams does not have the deadly virus.
"Everybody, including him, believed the original test results," he said. "Now lo and behold testing is much improved. We made sure to use a neutral site."
See Thursday's edition of The Post-Journal for complete coverage.