Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Thomas Winslow

First NameThomas
Last NameWinslow
Year of Conviction1990
Year of Exoneration2009
Testing inculpated culpritNon-Cold Hit
State of ConvictionNebraska
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaGuilty Plea
Type of CrimeMurder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Informant
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Invalid
Reason why invalid(1) Masking
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Fingerprint and hair comparison excluded defendant. Analyst testified in Joseph White’s trial that serology was consistent with two co-defendants, without providing any statistics or explaining that those findings were also entirely consistent with the victim and none could be excluded.

Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Described how one would reach the victim’s apartment ● Described general layout of victim’s apartment ● Described involvement of others in a rape BUT also denied having any independent knowledge of the victim’s residence

Quotes from law enforcement testimony

Guilty plea – no trial.

Interrogation RecordedVideotaped part of interrogation
Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessCD
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies● Non-public facts described in false confession Appendix concerning other “Beatrice Six” defendants Dean, Shelden, and Taylor.
Highest level reachedNR
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. Winslow, 236 Neb. xxvii (No. S‐90‐193, Jan. 4, 1991)
State v. Winslow, 740 N.W.2d 794 (Neb. 2007) (seeking DNA testing)

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