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").

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21 exoneration(s) match your current filters:

# Name State Race Convicted Exonerated Years Between Reason DNA
28 Perry Cobb IL Black 1979 1987 8 Acquitted No
29 Darby Tillis IL Black 1979 1987 8 Acquitted No
57 Rolando Cruz IL Latino 1985 1995 10 Acquitted Yes
58 Alejandro Hernandez IL Latino 1985 1995 10 Charges Dismissed Yes
60 Joseph Burrows IL White 1989 1996 7 Charges Dismissed No
61 Verneal Jimerson IL Black 1985 1996 11 Charges Dismissed Yes
62 Dennis Williams IL Black 1979 1996 17 Charges Dismissed Yes
64 Gary Gauger IL White 1993 1996 3 Charges Dismissed No
66 Carl Lawson IL Black 1990 1996 6 Acquitted No
76 Anthony Porter IL Black 1983 1999 16 Charges Dismissed No
77 Steven Smith IL Black 1985 1999 14 Acquitted No
79 Ronald Jones IL Black 1989 1999 10 Charges Dismissed Yes
83 Steve Manning IL White 1993 2000 7 Charges Dismissed No
101 Aaron Patterson IL Black 1986 2003 17 Pardoned No
102 Madison Hobley IL Black 1987 2003 16 Pardoned No
103 Leroy Orange IL Black 1984 2003 19 Pardoned No
104 Stanley Howard IL Black 1987 2003 16 Pardoned No
114 Gordon Steidl IL White 1987 2004 17 Charges Dismissed No
129 Nathson Fields IL Black 1986 2009 23 Acquitted No
132 Ronald Kitchen IL Black 1988 2009 21 Charges Dismissed No
161 Gabriel Solache IL Latino 2000 2017 17 Charges Dismissed No