Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Bruce Dallas Goodman

First NameBruce Dallas
Last NameGoodman
Year of Conviction1986
Year of Exoneration2004
State of ConvictionUtah
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Three witnesses saw the defendant at a warehouse, working, the day of the crime. Defense presented receipt from a Radio Shack located 12 hours away from location of crime.

Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Quotes from Exoneree Testimony

“Q: I’m sorry. The night of November 29th and early morning of November 30th, were you in [victim’s] company? A: No. I haven’t seen [the victim] since the 25th of November. Q: Specifically, did you cause her death by a beating . . .? A: I did not.”

Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Informant
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Hair
  • Serology
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

The analyst testified that A blood group substances were identified that were foreign to the victim and Goodman was an A secretor. Crime scene hairs were found to be dissimilar to both Goodman and the victim.

Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessIW
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Jackson Claim
Harmless Error Rulings
  • G
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. Goodman, 763 P.2d 786 (Utah 1988)

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