Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Kenneth York

First Name Kenneth
Last NameYork
Year of Conviction1994
Year of Exoneration2010
State of ConvictionMissouri
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife without parole
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
Identity of eyewitness
  • Victim
Multiple eyewitnesses3
Unreliable Identification?

Yes ● Victim initially identified another person, with a full head of hair, unlike defendant

Highest level reachedState Post­ Conviction
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • District Court
  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
  • Jury Instructions
  • Sentencing — Noncapital
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. York, 931 S.W.2d 185 (Mo.App. S.D. 1996)