Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Larry Ruffin

First Name Larry
Last NameRuffin
Year of Conviction1982
Year of Exoneration2010
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionMississippi
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Location of victims house ● Layout of the house

Interrogation RecordedWritten and signed confession statement
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Jackson Claim
  • Jury Selection
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Harmless Error Rulings
  • G
Citations to judicial opinions

Ruffin v. State, 447 So.2d 113 (Miss. 1984)