Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Willie Jackson

First NameWillie
Last NameJackson
Year of Conviction1989
Year of Exoneration2006
Testing inculpated culpritNon-Cold Hit
State of ConvictionLouisiana
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeBlack
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Defendant lives in Nachtez, which was at least a three-hour drive away from the town where the crime took place. Defendant does not own a car and three witnesses testified that defendant was in Nachtez on the night of the crime. ● Although victim claimed to have seen the perpetrator at the bar earlier in the night, bartender testified that he never saw defendant in his bar.

Did the defendant testify at trial?No
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Bite Mark
  • Hair
  • Serology
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Invalid
  • Vague
Reason why invalid(6) Individualized bite testimony
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Regarding the bite mark, the analyst testified, “My conclusion is that Mr. Jackson is the person who bit this lady.” Analyst who conducted hair comparison stated that the hair at the crime scene was “similar” with the defendant.

Identity of eyewitness
  • Intraracial Identificaiton
  • Victim
Suggestive Procedures


Unreliable Identification?

No ● Discrepancies in description – facial hair, hair

Quotes from testimony #2

“You did tell the police officer that the man who attacked you had short hair?” A. “Yes, he wore his hair close cut, not short. He wore his hair about so long from his head. … It was freshly cut.” Q. “Are you absolutely positive about the length of his hair?” A. “Yes, it was not long.”

Highest level reachedFederalHabeas
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
  • Sentencing — Noncapital
  • State Court Newly Discovered Evidence Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

State v. Jackson, 570 So.2d 227 (La.App. 5 Cir.,1990)
State v. Jackson, 597 So.2d 1032 (La. 1992)
Jackson v. Day, 1996 WL 225021 (E.D.La. 1996)
Jackson v. Day, 121 F.3d 705 (5th Cir. 1997)
Jackson v. Day, 523 U.S. 1006 (1997) (Mem.)

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