Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Bobby Ray Dixon

First Name Bobby Ray
Last NameDixon
Year of Conviction1980
Year of Exoneration2010
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionMississippi
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaGuilty Plea
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Mentally Ill or Intellectually DisabledIntellectually Disabled
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Three culprits knocked on door; victim came to door, one went behind the house through back door and let = other two in; ● Victim raped by other two culprits ● One cut her across the throat and the other cut her on the stomach ● Took officers to shack where the culprits allegedly went after murder and found a pair of pants and a sweatshirt in a plastic bag BUT ● Testified that he testified differently on different occasions concerning the details, including who cut the victim’s throat. He testified at Ruffin’s trial that was forced to confess: ““To tell you the truth, you said that I was there and which you wouldn’t let me bring the word out..” And “my mind comes and goes, and I don’t like to see nobody took away for nothing they ain’t done.”

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Guilty Plea – No trial.

Quotes from prosecution arguments

Guilty Plea – No trial.

Interrogation RecordedVideo recording of part of interrogation
Highest level reachedNR