Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Keith Harward

First NameKeith
Last NameHarward
Year of Conviction1983
Year of Exoneration2016
Testing inculpated culpritNon-Cold Hit
State of ConvictionVirginia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea2 Trials
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife without parole
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Types of evidence at trial
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Bite Mark
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Concealed
  • Invalid
Reason why invalidOverstated testimony concerning bite mark evidence and concealed serology that excluded
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