Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Randolph Arledge

First Name Randolph
Last NameArledge
Year of Conviction1984
Year of Exoneration2013
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionTexas
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeMurder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Types of evidence at trial
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Informant
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Fingerprint
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Fingerprint was not useful for comparison or analysis: “It was more a combination of smudge and with maybe one or two lines of the finger being visible.”

Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessIW
Highest level reachedFederalHabeas
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
  • Jury Selection
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Harmless Error Rulings
  • G
  • HE
Citations to judicial opinions

Arledge v. State, 687 S.W.2d 55 (Ct. Ap. TX 1985)