Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Kenneth Ireland

First Name Kenneth
Last NameIreland
Year of Conviction1989
Year of Exoneration2009
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionConnecticut
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

No transcript

Types of evidence at trial
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Informant
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Fingerprint
  • Hair
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Invalid
Reason why invalid(3) Incorrect frequency provided
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Fingerprints and hair excluded defendant. Serology was said to come from non-secretor, but due to masking and non-quantification, analyst presented incorrect statistic claiming to include defendant in 20% of the population that could have contributed to the sample

Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessIW
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Jury Instructions
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. Ireland, 590 A.2d 106 (Conn. 1991)