Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Kirk Odom

First Name Kirk
Last NameOdom
Year of Conviction1981
Year of Exoneration2012
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionDistrict of Columbia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Hair
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Error
  • Invalid
Reason why invalid(5) Non-numerical experience and probability claim
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

FBI Special Agent testified hair was microscopically similar to Odom’s hair “meaning that the samples were indistinguishable.” He found such hairs only “eight or 10 times in the past 10 years, while performing thousands of analyses.”

Identity of eyewitness
  • Cross Racial Identification
  • Victim
Highest level reachedNR
Citations to judicial opinions

Odom v. U.S., 464 U.S. 1010 (1983)

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