Billy Wardell

Time Served: 9 years

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State: Illinois

Charge: Crim. Sexual Assault., Att. Crim. Sexual Assault., Armed Robbery, Att. Armed Robbery

Conviction: Crim. Sexual Assault., Att. Crim. Sexual Assault., Armed Robbery, Att. Armed Robbery

Sentence: 55 years

Incident Date: 05/03/86

Conviction Date: 04/19/88

Exoneration Date: 11/16/97

Served: 9 years

Race of Defendant: African American

Race of Victim: Caucasian

Status: Exonerated by DNA

Contributing Causes of Conviction: Eyewitness Misidentification, Government Misconduct, Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

Type of Forensic Science Problem: Flawed Serology

Death Penalty Case: no

Accused Plead Guilty: No

The Alternative Perpetrator Identified: No

Type of Crime: Sex Crimes

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