Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

John Dixon

First Name John
Last NameDixon
Year of Conviction1991
Year of Exoneration2001
State of ConvictionNew Jersey
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaGuilty Plea
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Guilty plea – no trial, but did assert alibi in motion to revoke plea.

Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
Identity of eyewitness
  • Victim
Lineup Procedures
  • Photo array
Suggestive Procedures

No ● But repeated photo in two photo arrays

Unreliable Identification?

Yes ● Discrepancies in description – facial hair ● Initially uncertain

Quotes from testimony #2

Victim stated that Dixon "bears a strong likeness" to the attacker but had "slightly different facial hair”

Highest level reachedNR