|Year of Conviction||1992|
|Year of Exoneration||2004|
|Testing inculpated culprit||Non-Cold Hit|
|State of Conviction||Massachusetts|
|Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea||Trial|
|Type of Crime||Rape|
|Gender of Exoneree||Male|
|Race of exoneree||Black|
|Type of Innocence Defense|
|Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense|
● Defendant’s mother and two friends testified in support of the alibi.
|Did the defendant testify at trial?||Yes|
|Quotes from Exoneree Testimony|
Defendant described his whereabouts the evening of the crime and denied ever knowing or assaulting the victim.
|Types of evidence at trial|
|Type of Forensic Evidence|
|Types of Flawed Forensics|
|Brief Quote / Description of Testimony|
Analyst concluded that one hair was “dissimilar” to victim and defendant, but revised conclusion that a second also excluded defendant, testifying that this conclusion was altered after examining additional exemplar hairs and found to be “similar” to the victim; analyst admitted that exemplars examined were not adequate. Later analysis found that not only where exemplars not adequate, but DNA testing could and should have been conducted on the questioned hairs.
|Identity of eyewitness|
Yes ● Suggestive remarks ● Victim not told attacker might not be in line-up ● Suggestive line-up
|Quotes from testimony #1|
Victim testified that the detective "told me that I had picked the one he arrested,” and “He said that I picked out the right one." Police officer present at identification procedure testified that victim was upset after identification, and that detective “said, don’t worry. You chose the correct person." Victim testified – "He just said to look through the pictures; and, when I see the person, take it to the side and put it on the table and keep looking through the pictures." Victim testified that only one or two in the ten photo lineup had a round face like Powell, and that she told the detective she knew at least one or two in the lineup.
No ● Discrepancies in description of attacker, including hair and facial hair
|Quotes from testimony #2|
Powell had a mustache and short but even hair. The victim described to police an attacker with no facial hair, and a “high top” haircut, though at trial said it was a low top haircut. Victim had described letters cut into the back of the attacker’s hair, but at probable cause hearing admitted “there’s no letters now.”
|Highest level reached||NR|