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DNA Exonerations Database

Anton McCray

First NameAnton
Last NameMcCray
Year of Conviction1990
Year of Exoneration2002
Testing inculpated culpritNon-Cold Hit
State of ConvictionNew York
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Defense argued confession was involuntary.

Did the defendant testify at trial?No
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • DNA excluded
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Informant
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • DNA
  • Hair
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Vague
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

The analyst was clear that as to hair comparison, one can only find hairs “similar” to a “reasonable degree of scientific certainty” but one cannot “individualize” or give probabilities.

Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Described female jogger ● Described her clothes ripped off ● Described jogger being hit with a pipe ● Described location of attack as “by the reservoir” ● Described rape ● Described in detail other attacks in the park that night, including of a male jogger

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Q: And after you asked Antron McCray to tell you what happened with the female jogger, did he make statement to you? A: Yes, he did. Q: And what if anything did he say to you? A: He described exactly how the female jogger was, who attacked her, who hit her…. How he kicked her. How her clothes were ripped off and how different individuals, including himself, being number three, jumped on top, followed by two other individuals. Q: How long did Antron McCray speak when he described to you what he and others had done to the female jogger? A: Again it took about half an hour. He was very quiet and took his time describing what happened.

Quotes from prosecution arguments

“You heard in that video Antron McCray was asked about what she was wearing and he describes she was wearing a white shirt. This is the shirt that Patricia Meili was wearing. You saw the photograph of what that shirt looked like. There is no way that he knew that that shirt was white unless he saw it before it became soaked with blood and mud. I submit to you that Antron McCray describes details and describes them in a way that makes you know beyond any doubt beyond reasonable doubt that he was present, that he helped other people rape her, and that he helped other people beat her and that he left her there to die.” “If the detectives made that up… why doesn’t the statement have more details in it? . . . Look at the information that is contained in that statement. It’s not the information that would be a signed, sealed and delivered statement, that the police gave to Antron McCray to say, okay, this is what you’re saying… Look at the details that are in there. Those details corroborate all of the evidence that you have heard in this case. They corroborate the photographs. They corroborate the testimony you heard from other people.”

Interrogation RecordedVideo recordong of part of interrogation
Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessCD
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies● Non-public details in codefendants Richardson, Salaam, Santana and Wise’s reported and false confessions (and defendant also falsely confessed), see False Confessions.
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Coerced Confession
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

People v. McCray, 198 A.D.2d 200 (N.Y. App. Div. 1 Dept. 1993)

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