Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Anthony Yarbough

First Name Anthony
Last NameYarbough
Year of Conviction1994
Year of Exoneration2014
State of ConvictionNew York
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeMurder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Informant
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

“We also looked at some hair samples that were checked off a sheet, and those hair samples were not similar to the known head hairs of Ken Wyniemko.”

Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Stabbed victim three times in stomach with kitchen knife ● Tied second victim with "radio cord." ● stabbed second victim sleeping on couch BUT – steak knives found t scene had no traces of blood and were very dull. According to autopsy, victims died from strangulation and not from stabbing.

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

“His story started from what he had originally had said, and eventually as we confronted him with more and more of the evidence we had, his story began to change a little bit that, well, I might have been mistaken about this, and I might have been mistaken about that.” The final written statement was written, “In his words.”

Quotes from prosecution arguments

“[I]n order to believe what this Defendant is saying, which is that he was framed by everyone in the system, you would have to believe that everyone who came in here and testified lief. You would have to believe that every detective at that precinct was involved in framing this Defendant.” “Sharif Wilson gave a very lengthy, very detailed statement about what happened and how these muders were committed; details and facts that only the killers or killer could have known."

Interrogation RecordedVideotaped part of interrogation
Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessCD
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Coerced Confession
  • Direct Appeal
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

People v. Yarbough, 229 A.D.2d 605 (N.Y. 2. Dept. 1996)