In 1995, DeMarlo Berry was sentenced to life in prison for murdering the manager of a fast food restaurant during a robbery. He was exonerated with the help of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center in 2017, after the real killer confessed to the crime and a jailhouse informant admitted he falsely testified that Berry confessed to the crime. This is the first exoneration due in part to the efforts of the Clark County Conviction Integrity Unit. (Photo: Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review Journal)
In 1976, Ledura Watkins was sentenced to life in prison for murder. He was exonerated in 2017--40 years and nine months after his conviction--because the hair analysis in the case was flawed and the only witness against him recanted. Mr. Watkins has served more time in prison for a wrongful conviction than anyone else in the Registry.
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The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. It was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.