Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

JohnKenneth Watkins

First Name JohnKenneth
Last NameWatkins
Year of Conviction1986
Year of Exoneration2000
State of ConvictionArizona
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaGuilty Plea
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Eyewitness
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Identity of eyewitness
  • Victim
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Date and time of assault ● Location on grassy hill in park, near ballfield ● Victim was walking with friend a long ways in front of her, and was forced down in between bushes ● Victim had shorts lowered, not removed completely off legs ● Culprit had buttocks fully exposed and pants partially lowered, penis make contact with victim ● A witness interrupted the attack.

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Guilty plea – no trial

Interrogation RecordedVideo recordong of part of interrogation
Highest level reachedNR