|Year of Conviction
|Year of Exoneration
|Testing inculpated culprit
|State of Conviction
|Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea
|Type of Crime
|Rape and Murder
|Gender of Exoneree
|Race of exoneree
|Mentally Ill or Intellectually Disabled
|Type of Innocence Defense
|Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense
● Two witnesses testified that defendant was at home the night when the crime occurred.
|Did the defendant testify at trial?
|Quotes from Exoneree Testimony
Defendant described his alibi and recanted his confession. He said he was “being threatened” during the interrogation and that he signed the confession statement “Because I was being forced by threats to submit this statement…”
|Types of evidence at trial
|Were non-public facts alleged?
|Type of Forensic Evidence
|Types of Flawed Forensics
|Brief Quote / Description of Testimony
The analyst testified that “the blood deposited on the blue tissue could not have come from either the Defendant Mr. Warney or the victim Mr. Beason.” As a blue towel, “The blood could not have been deposited by the victim nor the suspect.”
description – location of
|Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies
● Victim was wearing a nightshirt ● Victim was cooking chicken ● Victim was missing money from his wallet ● The murder weapon was a knife that was kept in the kitchen, about 12 inches with serrated blade ● The victim was stabbed multiple times ● The victim owned a pink ring and gold cross ● The timeframe of the killing ● There was tissue used as a bandage covered with blood ● There was a pornographic tape in the victim’s television BUT inconsistencies included that there was no evidence of the stabbing or struggle in the kitchen. Defendant had a history of mental illness.
|Quotes from law enforcement testimony
Detective was emphatic when asked “did you suggest any answers to him,” that he did not.
|Quotes from prosecution arguments
“Now, who could possibly know these things if you hadn’t been inside that house, inside the kitchen? You heard the Defendant say that he took money . . . You know the wallet was found upstairs, empty, near the closet. . . You will see photographs of it. . . You heard the Defendant say that he stabbed [the victim] with a knife taken from the kitchen. . . . Where did they keep it? They kept it in a drawer under the crockpot where the chicken was cooking. Now, who would know the chicken was cooking? A person who got that knife and used it against [the victim], the killer.”
|Written and signed confession statement
|Highest level reached
|Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
|Citations to judicial opinions
People v. Warney, 299 A.D.2d 956 (N.Y. App. Div. 4 Dept. 2002)