|Year of Conviction||1982|
|Year of Exoneration||2001|
|Testing inculpated culprit||Cold Hit|
|State of Conviction||Ohio|
|Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea||Trial|
|Type of Crime||Rape and Murder|
|Life / LWOP sentence||Life|
|Gender of Exoneree||Male|
|Race of exoneree||Black|
|Type of Innocence Defense|
|Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense|
● A series of friends and relatives testified that defendant was across town with friends, at a store, and then at home, when victim was killed. ● Owner of the house that defendant was cleaning, verified that he came over to use phone around 7:30 p.m.
|Did the defendant testify at trial?||Yes|
|Quotes from Exoneree Testimony|
When asked why the victim’s 3-year old child identified him as the assailant, defendant testified, “I can only say I don’t know what is in [the victim’s child’s] heart, you know, [he] is a child, you don’t know what could have motivated him to say what he could have said, but I know for sure that [he] is mistaken.”
|Types of evidence at trial|
|Type of Forensic Evidence|
|Types of Flawed Forensics|
|Brief Quote / Description of Testimony|
The analyst testified that the latent print from the victim’s apartment did not match either the victim or the defendant.
|Identity of eyewitness|
Yes – Acquaintance – son of victim had met Brown because he had briefly dated victim However, photo array contained only three other individuals on back side (four were on each side) A show-up was then conducted at the police station. Police said this was done because defendant’s alibi witnesses had insisted that a mistake must have been made. Officer described that “a decision was made to allow this –one-on-one, I will call it,” although the two alibi witnesses were present in the room.
No – Although inconsistent on whether there was a second man, an accomplice.
|Quotes from testimony #2|
Q. Now, did you ever tell [Detective Marx] that you saw the other man standing in the living room with Danny? A. (Witness nodded affirmatively.) Q. Huh? A. Yes. Q. Did you ever tell him that the guy was standing there while Danny was choking your mom? A. Yes. . . . Q. Now you also told everybody here today that there was nobody with Danny; that he was all by himself. You said that, didn’t you? A. Yes. Q. So it’s got to be wrong somewhere, doesn’t it? A. (Witness nodded affirmatively.) Q. So when you looked at whatever you saw, did you just see for a second? A. Yes. Q. Or a long time? A. See for a second. Q. For a second? You peeked? A. Yes. Q. And you ran back upstairs? A. Yes. Q. So is it true or is it fair to say, Jeffery, that whatever you were looking at, you didn’t look at it very long at all, you just looked at it a real short time? A. Yes.
|Highest level reached||State Post Conviction|
|Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction|
|Harmless Error Rulings|
|Citations to judicial opinions|
State v. Brown, 1983 WL 6945 (Ohio App. 6 Dist. 1983