|Year of Conviction
|Year of Exoneration
|State of Conviction
|Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea
|Type of Crime
|Rape and Murder
|Life / LWOP sentence
|Gender of Exoneree
|Race of exoneree
|Mentally Ill or Intellectually Disabled
|Did the defendant testify at trial?
|Types of evidence at trial
|Were non-public facts alleged?
|Type of Forensic Evidence
|Types of Flawed Forensics
|Reason why invalid
|Brief Quote / Description of Testimony
Hairs from clothing of victim excluded the defendant. Serologist observed only antigens consistent with the type of the victim. However, the analyst then testified that persons with B or AB types inconsistent with the victim’s type could be excluded "to a degree," amounting to "around ten percent of the population."
|Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies
● Victim had an English accent ● Victim hit over the head with a chair, strangled with wire, stabbed with a steak knife, and raped ● Victim’s clothes partially pulled off, with her bra pulled up above breasts. BUT ● Said hit victim over head with Pepsi bottle when she was raped, strangled, and stabbed ● Called victim a “girl.” but she was 58 yrs. old. ● Initial statement did not mention victim fighting back or chair and was incorrect on timing ● Each of the statements varied in its details and interviews supplied defendant with photos of evidence and the crime scene, as well as asking leading questions that supplied key details
|Quotes from law enforcement testimony
During recording questioning, law enforcement asked, "Did you ever find out any of the details about this homicide from anyone at all?," and defendant answered, "No." An officer noted that "I saw there were certain discrepancies" in one of the statements, "but I also knew that there were some things that were accurate."
|Quotes from prosecution arguments
|Four statements were recorded, one statement was not
|Highest level reached
|Citations to judicial opinions
Caravella v. State, 485 So.2d 833 (Fla.App. 4 Dist., March 26, 1986)