Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Keith Brown

First Name Keith
Last NameBrown
Year of Conviction1993
Year of Exoneration1999
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionNorth Carolina
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaGuilty Plea
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Two page confession statement described entering the front door of a “big 2 story white house,” the address of the house, and two “old ladies” present. ● Describing taking a black change purse. ● But in his own statement, he did not describe a rape, rather hitting the women and running away. ● A longer set of notes prepared by police included very different and apparently more accurate details, including entering the rear of the house, assaulting a woman with a hammer and a wooden chair, and raping her and an 8 year-old girl.

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Guilty Plea – No trial.

Quotes from prosecution arguments

Guilty Plea – No trial.

Interrogation RecordedWritten signed statement
Highest level reachedNR