Jerry Watkins

Time Served: 14 years

The Innocence Project did not have a role in exonerating this person. For the full history and details of this case, please visit the National Registry of Exonerations at the link below.

State: Indiana

Charge: Murder, Rape

Conviction: Murder, Rape

Sentence: 60 years

Incident Date: 11/12/84

Conviction Date: 09/19/86

Exoneration Date: 07/31/00

Served: 14 years

Race of Defendant: Caucasian

Race of Victim: Caucasian

Status: Exonerated by DNA

Type of Forensic Science Problem: Flawed Serology

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

Type of Crime: Homicide Related, Sex Crimes

Death Penalty Case: no

Accused Plead Guilty: No

The Alternative Perpetrator Identified: Yes

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