Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Andrew Gossett

First Name Andrew
Last NameGossett
Year of Conviction2000
Year of Exoneration2007
State of ConvictionTexas
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Defense questions accuracy of eyewitness testimony.

Did the defendant testify at trial?No
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
Identity of eyewitness
  • Intraracial Identificaiton
  • Victim
Lineup Procedures
  • Showup
Suggestive Procedures

Yes ● Show-up – prosecutor showed single photo to victim

Unreliable Identification?

No ● Discrepancies in description – height and weight. Victim did describe prominent scar, which Gossett had.

Highest level reachedState Post­ Conviction
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Jackson Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

Gossett v. State, 2001 WL 997400 (Tex.App.‐Corpus Christi, April 12, 2001)