Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Johnny Williams

First Name Johnny
Last NameWilliams
Year of Conviction2000
Year of Exoneration2013
State of ConvictionCalifornia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Eyewitness
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Identity of eyewitness
  • Victim
Multiple eyewitnesses2
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

‚óŹ None. He finally admitted, "I guess I did it. I guess I did it. I did everything." And: “What you want me to say? I must have done it.” And “I don’t remember. I can’t say I do. I don’t remember. I was high. If I did, I was high. I don’t know. I mean, you got me on the tape and everything.”

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Officers hoped to "see if he would give us specific case details" to “come to the conclusion that he has information that he wouldn’t normally have unless he was there,” but they received “Not any, nothing substantial.”

Interrogation RecordedAudiotape of entire interrogation
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Coerced Confession
  • Jury Instructions
  • Jury Selection
  • Miranda
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

People v. Williams, 2002 WL 1150820 (Ct Ap 1st Div. 2002)