Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Phillip Bivens

First Name Phillip
Last NameBivens
Year of Conviction1980
Year of Exoneration2010
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionMississippi
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaGuilty Plea
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Went with Ruffin and Dixon to lady’s house to get money; they forced way in through front door ● Says victim was raped ● “I seen Bobby Ray, I mean Larry cut her throat” using a long knife or butcher knife

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Guilty Plea – No trial.

Quotes from prosecution arguments

Guilty Plea – No trial.

Interrogation RecordedVideo recording of part of interrogation
Highest level reachedNR
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