Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Chaunte Ott

First Name Chaunte
Last NameOtt
Year of Conviction1996
Year of Exoneration2009
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionWisconsin
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● No alibi witnesses.

Did the defendant testify at trial?No
Types of evidence at trial
  • Informant
Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessCD
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies● One man falsely confessed, pleaded guilty to lesser charges, and testified that Ott and another man (was not charged) had all committed the murder together ● Non-public details allegedly included in the accounts of those two men included the type murder weapon and that the victim’s throat was cut, the victim was stabbed in upper torso, location of crime scene, on mattress in back yard of abandoned house
Quotes from testimony #3

First codefendant, who falsely confessed, described defendant taking victim behind a house, that he saw the victim “tussling and stuff” on a mattress on the ground. When they left, he heard “gagging” sounds and “her throat was all cut.” Second man described riding in a car with the other two and with the victim, that they stopped in front of a house, and when they returned, the first codefendant told him that “She didn’t have no money so Chaunte cut her throat.”

Quotes regarding any deal or leniency with informant, or prior use of informant

First codefendant pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted robbery as part of an agreement in the case. Second witness was not charged.

Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
  • Jury Instructions
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Harmless Error Rulings
  • HE
  • NP
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. Ott, 577 N.W.2d 387 (Wis. App. 1998)

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