Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Derrick Williams

First Name Derrick
Last NameWilliams
Year of Conviction1993
Year of Exoneration2011
State of ConvictionFlorida
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Hair
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Excluded
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Hairs excluded defendant

Identity of eyewitness
  • Cross Racial Identification
  • Victim
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Sentencing — Noncapital
Citations to judicial opinions

Williams v. State, 685 So.2d 55 (Fla.App. 2 Dist.,1996)
Williams v. State, 667 So.2d 941 (Fla.App. 2 Dist. 1996)