Dwight LaBran

In December 1996, a passenger in a car was shot and killed in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The driver of the car, the victim’s cousin, was the only witness and identified Dwight LeBran as the shooter.  He claimed that he and the victim had given LeBran a ride, and LeBran shot his cousin.  He also claimed that LeBran shot at him as well, and a bullet had grazed his head.  At trial, the only evidence against LeBran was the witness’s testimony.  Although LeBran had an alibi, he was convicted by a jury in July 1997 of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.  Following his conviction, LeBran discovered that the witness gave a false name to police and at trial to avoid being arrested on several parole violations.  LeBran’s conviction was overturned on appeal based on the witness’s perjury, and the prosecution dismissed the charges in December 2001.

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012

 

State:Louisiana
County:Orleans
Most Serious Crime:Murder
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:1996
Convicted:1997
Exonerated:2001
Sentence:Life
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age:23
Contributing Factors:Perjury or False Accusation
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No