Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

CalvinWayne Cunningham

First Name CalvinWayne
Last NameCunningham
Year of Conviction1981
Year of Exoneration2011
State of ConvictionVirginia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Hair
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Vague
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Analyst described hair as "similar" but not "consistent"

Identity of eyewitness
  • Cross Racial Identification
  • Victim
Highest level reachedNR
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