Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Robert Taylor

First Name Robert
Last NameTaylor
Year of Conviction1997
Year of Exoneration2011
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionIllinois
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape and Murder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • DNA excluded
  • Forensic Evidence
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • DNA
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Excluded
  • Valid
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Group drove victim to field near expressway. ● Victim punched in mouth and something put in victim’s mouth ● Victim raped ● Victim shot in face ● Victim was wearing baseball team shirt, blue and white, blue jeans. Shirt ripped off victim.

Quotes from prosecution arguments

"They have no reason to bring poor little Robert Taylor into this unless it were true. And it’s true. And we know it’s true. Like my partner told you, everything they described, the location of the murder.”

Interrogation RecordedWritten and signed confession statement
Highest level reachedState Post­ Conviction
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Motion for DNA Testing
Harmless Error Rulings
  • G
Citations to judicial opinions

People v. Barr &amp
Taylor, Nos. 1-05-3505 &amp
1-05-3699, (Ill. App. Aug. 28, 2007).