Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Luis Vargas

First NameLuis
Last NameVargas
Year of Conviction1999
Year of Exoneration2015
State of ConvictionCalifornia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeHispanic
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
Identity of eyewitness
  • Victim
Multiple eyewitnessesThree eyewitnesses
Lineup Procedures
  • Photo array
Suggestive Procedures

Victims shown multiple lineup procedures.

Unreliable Identification?

Victims were uncertain of their identifications.  One stated, “I am not too sure. I believe I recognize his face.”

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