Thomas Murphy

Thomas Murphy was convicted of first and second degree sexual assault in Wood County, Wisconsin in 1998 for a crime that occurred in 1996. 
 
The Wood County trial court granted Murphy a new trial based on evidentiary errors, including faulty reliance on hair comparison testing that suggested that hairs found at the scene came from Murphy when in reality the evidence was inconclusive. 
 
In 1999, Murphy was acquitted at at his second trial. He was then released, two and a half years after he was arrested.
 
- Michael S. Perry
 

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012

 

State:Wisconsin
County:Wood
Most Serious Crime:Sexual Assault
Additional Convictions:Sexual Assault
Reported Crime Date:1996
Convicted:1998
Exonerated:1999
Sentence:20 years
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Age:39
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No