|Year of Conviction
|Year of Exoneration
|State of Conviction
|Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty Plea
|Type of Crime
|Gender of Exoneree
|Race of exoneree
|Type of Innocence Defense
|Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense
● Doctor who performed rape kit testified that there was no sign of recent sexual intercourse and no “gross evidence” of trauma to vagina ● Two witnesses testified to seeing defendant immediately before the attack wearing a black cowboy hat and boots. Victim did not describe her attacker wearing either of these articles of clothing.
|Did the defendant testify at trial?
|Quotes from Exoneree Testimony
Defendant presented his alibi.
|Types of evidence at trial
|Type of Forensic Evidence
|Types of Flawed Forensics
|Reason why invalid
|(3) False probability
|Brief Quote / Description of Testimony
The victim was an A secretor and the defendant an O secretor, and the samples were consistent with an O secretor. After testifying that 35% population secretes O, the analyst explained that “You would probably have to also cut that by another 50% because we’re dealing with males.” When the defense pointed out that the 35% of both men an women are O secretors, and that as to the 35% that “[t]here’s no difference between men and women in that regard,” the analyst answered “In that regard but there is a difference in regard to semen.” See Part II.A.3 for a description of this invalid division.
|Identity of eyewitness
|Quotes from testimony #1
“She went straight to it , picked it up and said this is the man that raped me. I said are you positive? She said absolutely”
|Highest level reached
|Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
|Harmless Error Rulings
|Citations to judicial opinions
State v. Mitchell, 336 S.E.2d 150 (S.C. 1985)