Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Uriah Courtney

First Name Uriah
Last NameCourtney
Year of Conviction2006
Year of Exoneration2013
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionCalifornia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Testimony of co-workers

Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • DNA
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

DNA testing was inconclusive

Identity of eyewitness
  • Cross Racial Identification
  • Victim
Multiple eyewitnesses2
Lineup Procedures
  • Composite drawing
Unreliable Identification?

Yes ● One victim unsure and could not make identification

Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Jury Selection
  • Sentencing — Noncapital
Citations to judicial opinions

People v. Courtney, 2008 WL 5050627 (Ct. App. 4 Dist. Nov. 26, 2008)

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