|Year of Conviction||2002|
|Year of Exoneration||2015|
|State of Conviction||Washington|
|Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea||2 Trials|
|Type of Crime||Murder|
|Life / LWOP sentence||Life without parole|
|Gender of Exoneree||Male|
|Race of exoneree||White|
|Types of evidence at trial|
|Were non-public facts alleged?||Yes|
|Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies|
During 14-hour overnight interrogation, defendant stated “I probably did it” after being given “voice stress tests” and told he had failed. In tape-recorded statement, stated that he choked victim with telephone cord, hit her with rifle twice until stock shattered. He stated that he washed blood off from gun in shower.
But – medical examiner testified that victim was struck in head four times before being strangled and no blood was found in shower.
Post-conviction expert stated that the confession contained “many of the indicia of unreliability that are commonly seen in false confessions. There are errors in the confession narrative (facts which do not ‘fit’ the objectively knowable evidence), false fed facts (facts which support an early police theory of the case which was not borne out by the evidence), and there is a lack of corroboration (no proceeds of the robbery, no metal cash box, no bloody clothes).”
|Interrogation Recorded||Audio-taped statement|
|Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized Witness||Jailhouse informants (two)|