Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Samuel Scott

First NameSamuel
Last NameScott
Year of Conviction1987
Year of Exoneration2002
State of ConvictionGeorgia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Witness testified to seeing both defendants away from the crime scene at the time the crime occurred.

Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Quotes from Exoneree Testimony

“Q: Did you commit the crimes you’re charged with? A: No sir.”

Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Fingerprint
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Valid (Non-probative)
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Latent fingerprint match was to a glass in Scott’s house and thus not highly probative. Spermatozoa detected but no further analysis conducted.

Identity of eyewitness
  • Victim
Lineup Procedures
  • Photo array
Suggestive Procedures


Unreliable Identification?

No – very little description given, except that victim identified him “by his curls”

Highest level reachedNR

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