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Eddie Lowery

First NameEddie
Last NameLowery
Year of Conviction1982
Year of Exoneration2003
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionKentucky
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Three witnesses testified that defendant hit a parked car around the time that the crime was occurring.

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

“Well, after that, after I was crying and everything and really just couldn’t – couldn’t handle myself or anything, you know, and finally they wanted to hear a confession and everything so I just made up a confession and told them.”

Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Forensic Evidence
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Invalid
Reason why invalid(1) Masking
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

While analyst properly testified that certain stains on bedsheets were consistent with the defendant, the analyst testified that the vaginal swabs, which were wholly consistent with the victim’s blood type, nevertheless could be attributed to the semen donor.

Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● The victim’s house was on the corner of the street ● The house was white ● Entry took place in the rear of the home ● The screen door was torn and the latch flipped for entry. ● A kitchen knife was used; the victim was struck with a knife handle. ● The victim’s gown was pulled off. ● The victim’s face was covered with a pillow. BUT Stated that the knife was thrown down after the rape, when although a knife was found at the victim’s home, it was determined not to have been the murder weapon.

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

“Q: You just simply asked him, what happened and he provided all the information without any knowledge of what might be the correct answer from you and Officer Malugani? A (Officer Johnson): He provided the answers to us that no one else could have known. Q: And you had not provided those answers to him prior to making those admissions? A: No, sir, I did not.” “Q: Then throughout this admission portion that Eddie Lowery made you’re saying that he (Officer Johnson) or you at no time volunteered any information where all he had to do was finally say, yes, that’s right. A: This is correct”

Quotes from prosecution arguments


Interrogation RecordedSigned written statements
Highest level reachedNR

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