|Year of Conviction||1996|
|Year of Exoneration||2006|
|State of Conviction||Illinois|
|Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea||Bench Trial|
|Type of Crime||Rape|
|Gender of Exoneree||Male|
|Race of exoneree||Black|
|Type of Innocence Defense|
|Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense|
● Mother and step-father testified they woke defendant up and drove him to work the day of the crime; they also testified he had false teeth and no gold tooth as victim had described.
|Did the defendant testify at trial?||No|
|Quotes from Exoneree Testimony|
Defendant interjected “You know I ain’t the one” during the victim’s testimony.
|Types of evidence at trial|
|Type of Forensic Evidence|
|Types of Flawed Forensics|
|Brief Quote / Description of Testimony|
The defense stipulated to the forensic analyst’s conclusion that the evidence was insufficient for DNA testing, after the court denied motions to conduct an independent DNA test; later analysis found that sufficient material existed that DNA testing could have been readily conducted at the time of trial.
|Identity of eyewitness|
Yes ● Suggestive line-up – defendant was only person in line-up with hair shaved on sides, and only person with hair in braids in back. ● Show-up – victim was shown defendant in handcuffs prior to viewing lineup, and did not see any other lineup participants prior to the lineup.
|Quotes from testimony #1|
"He was in handcuffs with officers. Q. And who else was in handcuffs at that time, Ma’am? A. No. Q. The only person in handcuffs prior to you making this identification was this man? A. Yes."
No ● Discrepancies in description
|Quotes from testimony #2|
Victim described attacker as having rotten teeth and 170 pounds, while Pendleton was about 135 pounds and had teeth in good condition.
|Highest level reached||Appeal|
|Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction|
|Citations to judicial opinions|
People v. Pendleton, 706 N.E.2d 501 (Ill. 1998)