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Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis

In 1984, Jerry Davis was sentenced to life without parole for a murder in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was exonerated in 2024 based on evidence that the two witnesses who implicated him were the actual perpetrators and because the prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence. ​Davis with Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) Legal Director Richard Davis (left) and IPNO investigator Alexandria Cahill (Photo: IPNO)
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William Woods

William Woods

In 2021, William Woods was sentenced to two years in prison after he pled no-contest to identity theft in Los Angeles, California. He was exonerated in 2024 after the person who stole Woods's identity was convicted in federal court in Iowa.​
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Alphonso Davis

Alphonso Davis

In 2003, Alphonso Davis was sentenced to 50 years in prison for a shooting that killed one teen and wounded another in Albany, New York. He was exonerated in 2024 based on evidence that the two men who implicated him had recanted their accusations and evidence that the lead detective had coerced a false confession from Davis. Davis (center) with defense attorneys Joshua Kelner (left) and Don Savatta.​ (Photo: Wil Waldron-Albany Times Union)
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Jerry Gillespie

Jerry Gillespie

In 1994, Jerry Gillespie was sentenced to 40 years in prison after he falsely confessed to a murder in Chicago, Illinois. He was exonerated in 2024 based on evidence that police beat him into confessing and the real killers admitted their involvement in the crime. ​
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