Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Jonny Briscoe

First NameJonny
Last NameBriscoe
Year of Conviction1983
Year of Exoneration2006
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionMissouri
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Defendant’s stepfather and nephew both testified that they watched a baseball game on television with the defendant and saw him go to bed ● Defendant’s mother testified that defendant was in bed when she got home at night and was still in bed when she got up early the next morning.

Did the defendant testify at trial?No
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Hair
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Vague
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

The analyst testified that hairs exhibit “similar microscopic characteristics and could have come from the same source.”

Identity of eyewitness
  • Cross Racial Identification
  • Victim
Lineup Procedures
  • Lineup
  • Photo array
Suggestive Procedures

Yes ● Suggestive line-up – only person at line-up with only four people wearing prison jumpsuit , and only person repeated from photo array

Quotes from testimony #1

Q. Okay. And three of the men [at the four-person lineup] have on pants and regular street clothes; is that correct? A. That is correct. Q. Okay. However, Johnny Brisco has a jumpsuit on with pants over it; is that correct? A. That is correct. Q. Now when you viewed that lineup in the city the photos that you were shown, Johnny Brisco is the only person who was in the lineup who was also in this group of photos; is he not? A. Yes. Q. Okay. So there is only one man whose photo you were shown who also appeared in this lineup? A. Yes.

Unreliable Identification?

No ● Discrepancy in description – victim did not describe prominent facial hair and gold tooth

Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Double Jeopardy
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. Briscoe, 672 S.W.2d 370 (Mo. App. E.D. 1984)

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