Keith Turner

On December 22, 2005, Keith E. Turner was officially pardoned by Texas Governor Rick Perry on the basis of actual innocence. Postconviction DNA testing proved that Turner was not the perpetrator of a 1982 rape of a Dallas, Texas, woman. Turner had been mistakenly identified both visually and by his voice. He and the victim worked for different branches of the same company and came into contact when Turner was transferred. Turner maintained his innocence and provided an alibi, but was convicted in 1983.
 
In his statement, Governor Perry said, “I believe that a full pardon for innocence must be supported by strong evidence, such as forensic DNA tests. In both of these cases [referring to Entre Nax Karage and Keith E. Turner], new DNA evidence proves that these men are innocent. The recommendations of the district attorney, judges, the Dallas County Sherriff, the Dallas Chief of Police and the Board of Pardons and Paroles also were very important factors in my decision.” 
 
As of 2012, Turner had received $206,691 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:Dallas
Most Serious Crime:Sexual Assault
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:1982
Convicted:1983
Exonerated:2005
Sentence:20 years
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age:22
Contributing Factors:Mistaken Witness ID
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:Yes