Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

David Allen Jones

First NameDavid Allen
Last NameJones
Year of Conviction1995
Year of Exoneration2004
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionCalifornia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Mentally Ill or Intellectually DisabledIntellectually Disabled
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Missing transcript of defense case

Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • No Transcript
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Jones was Type O and testing of all of the rape kits exhibited Type A material

Identity of eyewitness
  • Intraracial Identificaiton
  • Victim
Suggestive Procedures

No – eyewitness Acquainted with defendant

Unreliable Identification?

No – though vague description provided

Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Location of one crime BUT He denied taking one victim’s clothes off, describes giving that victim money, and being taken to location by the victim

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Use of leading questions apparent from recording: “You remember yesterday we showed you that picture” and that it was “by the water fountain” and “you remember that gate we showed you right there,” finally eliciting only a response from Jones that was transcribed as “This right here (Untranslatable).” “Q. So you got behind her? David Jones: Yeah. Q. And you put your arm over her shoulders like this? David Jones: Yeah. Q. And then you put — so your elbow — so her neck and her face is facing your elbow” David Jones: Yeah.” “Q. What kind of clothes did she have on? David Jones: I think it was black — brown (untranslatable) color. I forgot what color. It was kind of dark — light colors or something. Q. Light colors? David Jones: Yeah. Q. Tan? David Jones: Something like that. But I didn’t pay no attention to what the color was.”

Quotes from prosecution arguments

Transcript could not be obtained. At suppression hearing, prosecutor argued he was “volunteering information that probably the detectives wouldn’t have known about but for the actual suspect telling them that information.”

Interrogation RecordedAudio recording of part of interrogation
Highest level reachedNR

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