Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Miguel Roman

First Name Miguel
Last NameRoman
Year of Conviction1990
Year of Exoneration2009
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionConnecticut
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeMurder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeHispanic
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Witness testified that she was with him at the time the crime occurred.

Did the defendant testify at trial?No
Types of evidence at trial
  • DNA excluded
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Informant
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • DNA
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Valid (Excluded)
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Testimony by defense analyst only regarding DNA that excluded.

Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessJ
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies● Non-public details by jailhouse informant, summarized by prosecutor: “And the other thing is, how would he know, otherwise, about the palm print, about the sneakers, about the defendant’s intention to sue the State of Connecticut.”
Quotes from testimony #3

Jailhouse informant testified that defendant told him "his girlfriend was pregnant. And his girlfriend was threatening him, was going to call his wife to tell on him" and "he see a man coming out of the house, who was a black man… he was angry” and then killed the victim. He claimed defendant bragged about the lack of forensics, including on the victim’s couch, and that once he was acquitted he would sue the State.

Quotes regarding any deal or leniency with informant, or prior use of informant

He discussed his plea offer with prosecutors the same morning he told them of his conversation with the defendant. He surfaced only during the criminal trial – the trial was reopened to allow his testimony. He denied obtaining any additional leniency – however, he received on offer to plead guilty to burglary, drop larceny, get one year – and received time served.

Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Coerced Confession
  • Remand
  • Sentencing — Noncapital
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. Roman, 1990 WL 265264 (Conn. Super. 1990)
State v. Roman, 616 A.2d 266 (Conn. 1992)