Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Joseph White

First Name Joseph
Last NameWhite
Year of Conviction1989
Year of Exoneration2008
Testing inculpated culpritNon-Cold Hit
State of ConvictionNebraska
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeMurder
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Quotes from Exoneree Testimony

“Did you know [the victim]?” A. No, I didn’t. Q. Did you know anything about her? A. No. Q. Did you participate in her apartment on the 5th of February, 1985? A. No.”

Types of evidence at trial
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Informant
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Fingerprint
  • Hair
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Invalid
Reason why invalid(1) Masking
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Fingerprint and hair comparison excluded defendant. Analyst testified that serology was consistent with two co-defendants, without providing any statistics or explaining that those findings were also entirely consistent with the victim and none could be excluded.

Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessCD
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies‚óŹ Non-public facts including in false confession Appendix concerning other “Beatrice Six” defendants Dean, Taylor, Shelden, and Winslow.
Highest level reachedAppeal
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. White, 477 N.W.2d 24 (Neb. 1991)