Ricardo Rachell

Ricardo Rachell was convicted in 2003 of a child sexual assault he didn't commit. Although DNA testing was available at the time of his arrest and a sample was collected from Rachell, no testing was conducted before his trial. He served more than five years before DNA testing proved his innocence and led to his release on December 12, 2008.
 
He was officially cleared when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted his writ of habeas corpus on January 14, 2009. In February 2009, prosecutors filed charges against another man in the case, saying the DNA profile from the crime scene matched him.
 
As of 2012, Rachell had received $496,150 in state compensation.
 
Summary courtesy of the Innocence Project, http://www.innocenceproject.org/. Reproduced with permission.

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012

 

State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Child Sex Abuse
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2002
Convicted:2003
Exonerated:2009
Sentence:40 years
Race:Hispanic
Sex:Male
Age:45
Contributing Factors:Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:Yes