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.
# - 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.

164 exoneration(s) match your current filters:

# Name State Racesort descending Convicted Exonerated Years Between Reason DNA
124 Michael McCormick TN White 1987 2007 20 Acquitted No
131 Paul House TN White 1986 2009 23 Charges Dismissed No
132 Daniel Moore AL White 2002 2009 7 Acquitted No
135 Michael Toney TX White 1999 2009 10 Charges Dismissed No
138 Robert Springsteen TX White 2001 2009 8 Charges Dismissed No
140 Gussie Vann TN White 1994 2011 17 Charges Dismissed No
141 Joe D'Ambrosio OH White 1989 2012 23 Charges Dismissed No
142 Damon Thibodeaux LA White 1997 2012 15 Charges Dismissed Yes
143 Seth Penalver FL White 1999 2012 13 Acquitted No
146 Carl Dausch FL White 2011 2014 3 Acquitted No
152 Debra Milke AZ White 1990 2015 25 Charges Dismissed No
156 Lawrence Lee GA White 1987 2015 28 Charges Dismissed No
157 Derral Hodgkins FL White 2013 2015 2 Acquitted no
161 Rickey Newman AR White 2002 2017 15 Charges Dismissed No