Innocence Database


Instructions: This database can be searched using any combination of the search filters below. All columns are sortable by clicking the title at the top of the column. To find out more about a case in the list, click on the name of the individual.
Terms:
# - Refers to the chronological order in which the defendants were exonerated.
State - Place of capital conviction
Years Between - The difference between the year of exoneration and the year of capital conviction
Reason - Normally, when a conviction is overturned by an appellate court, the state has the option of re-trying the defendant. If the state does not seek a re-trial, charges are dismissed. If a re-trial occurs and the defendant is found not guilty, the case is listed as an acquittal.
DNA evidence - refers to whether DNA evidence played a major role in exonerating ("yes") the defendant or not ("no").

For more information on the criteria for inclusion on DPIC's Innocence List click here. To export the Innocence Database, click here.

149 exoneration(s) match your current filters:

# Name State Racesort descending Convicted Exonerated Years Between Reason DNA
1 David Keaton FL Black 1971 1973 2 Charges Dismissed No
2 Samuel Poole NC Black 1973 1974 1 Charges Dismissed No
3 Wilbert Lee FL Black 1963 1975 12 Pardoned No
4 Freddie Pitts FL Black 1963 1975 12 Pardoned No
6 Christopher Spicer NC Black 1973 1975 2 Acquitted No
11 Delbert Tibbs FL Black 1974 1977 3 Charges Dismissed No
12 Earl Charles GA Black 1975 1978 3 Charges Dismissed No
15 Jerry Banks GA Black 1975 1980 5 Charges Dismissed No
16 Larry Hicks IN Black 1978 1980 2 Acquitted No
17 Charles Giddens OK Black 1978 1981 3 Charges Dismissed No
19 Johnny Ross LA Black 1975 1981 6 Charges Dismissed No
20 Ernest Graham CA Black 1976 1981 5 Acquitted No
22 Lawyer Johnson MA Black 1971 1982 11 Charges Dismissed No
24 Anthony Brown FL Black 1983 1986 3 Acquitted No
27 Joseph Brown FL Black 1974 1987 13 Charges Dismissed No
28 Perry Cobb IL Black 1979 1987 8 Acquitted No
29 Darby Tillis IL Black 1979 1987 8 Acquitted No
31 Anthony Peek FL Black 1978 1987 9 Acquitted No
33 Robert Wallace GA Black 1980 1987 7 Acquitted No
35 Willie Brown FL Black 1983 1988 5 Charges Dismissed No
36 Larry Troy FL Black 1983 1988 5 Charges Dismissed No
39 James Richardson FL Black 1968 1989 21 Charges Dismissed No
40 Clarence Brandley TX Black 1981 1990 9 Charges Dismissed No
44 Gary Nelson GA Black 1980 1991 11 Charges Dismissed No
46 Charles Smith IN Black 1983 1991 8 Acquitted No

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