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Nelson Green


Nelson Green was convicted of murder of two people. The real perpetrator, Erwin King made a confession implicating himself and another man in the deaths of the victims. New post-conviction evidence was obtained that prosecution-sponsored ballstics testimony had been perjury. A new ballastics analysis showed that the bullets could not have come from Green's possession, as the state claimed at the trial. Governor Whitman began the investigation and pardoned Green and ordered him released from jail.
State:NY
County:Orleans
Most Serious Crime:Murder
Reported Crime Date:1915
Convicted:1915
Exonerated:1918
Sentence:Life
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Age at the date of crime:19
Contributing Factors:False Confession, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct