Timothy Brown

In November 1990, a police officer was shot point blank while sitting in his patrol car outside a convenience store in Broward County, Florida.  Prosecutors were under intense pressure to file charges.  Timothy Brown, a boy of 14 at the time of the crime, was already known to police and had accumulated nine prior convictions.  Brown, who reportedly has an IQ of 56, was beaten and threatened during interrogation until he confessed to the murder.  He later recanted and said that this confession was false.  His alleged accomplice was also subject to intense interrogation and he too confessed and implicated Brown.  Brown’s confession was the only evidence the prosecution presented at trial. Brown was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison.  In 2002, another inmate credibly confessed to committing the crime.  In 2003, a federal district court judge granted Brown a new trial, and threw out his confession after finding that detectives failed to properly read him his Miranda rights.  He was released on bail on May 14, 2003, and on June 5, 2003, after further investigation revealed no additional evidence against Brown, the prosecution dropped the charges against him.

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012

 

State:Florida
County:Broward
Most Serious Crime:Murder
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:1990
Convicted:1993
Exonerated:2003
Sentence:Life
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age:14
Contributing Factors:False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No