Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Michael Marshall

First Name Michael
Last NameMarshall
Year of Conviction2008
Year of Exoneration2009
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionGeorgia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaGuilty Plea
Type of CrimeRobbery
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
Identity of eyewitness
  • Non-victim
Lineup Procedures
  • Composite drawing
  • Showup
Suggestive Procedures

Yes ● Show-up

Quotes from testimony #1

Eyewitness was asked, “Did I have a little free time to run by there to identify the gentleman that might be the one that had robbed my mom or took her car.” Show was conducted days after the incident and "while the defendant was in hand cuffs and lying on the ground surrounded by officers.”

Unreliable Identification?

Yes ● Initial nonidentification

Quotes from testimony #2

In addition, the description of the suspect was very vague, simply a black man, or a skinny black man with short hair

Highest level reachedNR
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