Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Christopher Ochoa

First NameChristopher
Last NameOchoa
Year of Conviction1989
Year of Exoneration2002
Testing inculpated culpritNon-Cold Hit
State of ConvictionTexas
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaGuilty Plea
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeHispanic
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Forensic Evidence
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Hair
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Guilty plea – no trial
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

See Danziger regarding invalid analysis in co-defendant’s case.

Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Victim was shot one time in the “back of the left side of her head” ● Victim was shot while kneeling on her knees ● Victim’s hands were tied behind her back with her bra and her ankles tied together with her blouse, her mouth gagged with her scarf. ● The water from the sink in the women’s bathroom was left running ● That sink was clogged with aprons. ● The restaurant had been wiped down to prevent leaving any fingerprint evidence. BUT he incorrectly described the gun used and how he gained entry to the restaurant.

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Guilty plea – no trial. But testified in trial of Richard Danziger. Ochoa described his own interrogation and stated: “Q. Did anyone in the Police Department tell you the facts of this crime so that you could make these statements? A. No, they did not.”

Interrogation RecordedAudio recordong of part of interrogation
Highest level reachedNR

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