Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Lesly Jean

First NameLesly
Last NameJean
Year of Conviction1982
Year of Exoneration2001
State of ConvictionNorth Carolina
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

Missing transcript for defense case

Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Quotes from Exoneree Testimony

Missing transcript for defense case

Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Victim was an O secretor, but stains exhibited type B blood group substances, which were consistent with the defendant’s type.

Identity of eyewitness
  • Cross Racial Identification
  • Victim
Multiple eyewitnesses2
Suggestive Procedures

Yes ● Hypnotized victim Brady – did not disclose use of hypnosis

Unreliable Identification?

No transcript

Highest level reachedFederalHabeas
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Brady
  • Due Process
  • Jackson Claim
  • Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel
  • State Law Evidence Claim
  • Suggestive Eyewitness Identification
Claims granted, resulting in preexon. reversal
  • Brady
Harmless Error Rulings
  • G
  • HE
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. Jean, 311 S.E.2d 266 (N.C. 1984)
State v. Jean, 332 S.E.2d 487 (N.C. 1985)
Jean v. Rice, 945 F.2d 82 (4th Cir. 1991)

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