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Ronnie Whitehead

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On April 28, 2004, police in Houston, Texas arrested 31-year-old Ronnie Whitehead after they seized white powder from him that field-tested positive for cocaine.

On April 30, 2004, Whitehead pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to six months in Texas State Jail.

Ten years later, in August 2014, the Harris County District Attorney’s Post Conviction Review Unit informed Whitehead that the Houston Police crime laboratory tested the powder seized from him, and it was negative.

On August 19, 2014, the prosecution joined in a motion by Whitehead’s defense lawyer to vacate the conviction. The motion was granted and the case was dismissed.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 1/14/2015
State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2004
Convicted:2004
Exonerated:2014
Sentence:6 months
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Age at the date of crime:31
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No