|Year of Conviction||1985|
|Year of Exoneration||1989|
|Testing inculpated culprit||Non-Cold Hit|
|State of Conviction||Virginia|
|Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea||Guilty Plea|
|Type of Crime||Murder|
|Gender of Exoneree||Male|
|Race of exoneree||Hispanic|
|Mentally Ill or Intellectually Disabled||Intellectually Disabled|
|Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense|
Alibi notice presented prior to guilty plea.
|Types of evidence at trial|
|Were non-public facts alleged?||Yes|
|Type of Forensic Evidence|
|Types of Flawed Forensics|
|Brief Quote / Description of Testimony|
An analyst had concluded that the defendant’s hairs were “consistent with” questioned hairs from the crime scene.
|Identity of eyewitness|
No transcript – court file indicates that people identified Vasquez as having been in the neighborhood of the victim’s house at the time of the crime
|Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies|
● Venetian blind cords used to hang victim (see next column) BUT – leading apparent from the recording and State acknowledge that “at times his statements were virtually incomprehensible”
|Quotes from law enforcement testimony|
Guilty Plea – no trial. Excerpt from recorded interrogation: “Det. 1: Did she tell you to tie her hands behind her back? Vasquez: Ah, if she did, I did. Det. 2: Whatcha use? Vasquez: The ropes? Det. 2: No, not the ropes. Whatcha use? Vasquez: Only my belt. Det. 2: No, not your belt… Remember being out in the sunroom, the room that sits out to the back of the house? …and what did you cut down? To use? Vasquez: That, uh, clothesline? Det. 2: No, it wasn’t a clothesline, it was something like a clothesline. What was it? By the window? Think about the Venetian blinds, David. Remember cutting the Venetian blind cords? Vasquez: Ah, it’s the same as rope? Det. 2: Yeah. . . . Det. 2: (slamming his hand on the table and yelling) You hung her! Vasquez: What? Det. 2: You hung her! Vasquez: Okay, so I hung her.
|Quotes from prosecution arguments|
Guilty Plea – no trial.
|Interrogation Recorded||Audiotape of part of interrogation|
|Highest level reached||NR|