Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Dean Cage

First Name Dean
Last NameCage
Year of Conviction1996
Year of Exoneration2008
State of ConvictionIllinois
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaBench Trial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● The defendant’s fiancé testified that she was with him and that he was asleep until late the morning of the crime.

Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Quotes from Exoneree Testimony

“Q: Now, on November the 14, 1994, did you ever come into contact with [the victim] at approximately 7000 South Wabach? A: No, sir. Q: On November 14th of 1994, did you ever punch [the victim] in her eye? A: No, sir.”

Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
Identity of eyewitness
  • Cross Racial Identification
  • Victim
Lineup Procedures
  • Lineup
Suggestive Procedures

Yes ● Irregular i.d. conducted at defendant’s workplace ● Single voice i.d. (a voice show-up) conducted at the police station

Unreliable Identification?

No ● Discrepancies in description – facial hair, skin. Cage had distinctive scars on his face, under his left eye, which the victim had never described.

Quotes from testimony #2

Described “a mustache and rough skin” which Cage did not have when arrested a few days after incident

Highest level reachedNR
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