John Kogut

After a three month bench trial, Judge Ort found Kogut not guilty on all counts. His verdict included specific findings that numerous aspects of the confession were contradicted by DNA and other forensic evidence, and that the decomposed hairs from the victim were not shed by her in Restivo’s van.

Time Served:

19 years

State: New York

Charge: Murder, Rape

Conviction: Murder, Rape

Sentence: 31.5 Years to Life

Incident Date: 11/10/1984

Conviction Date: 05/28/1986

Exoneration Date: 12/21/2005

Accused Pleaded Guilty: No

Contributing Causes of Conviction: False Confessions or Admissions, Informants, Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

Death Penalty Case: No

Race of Exoneree: Caucasian

Race of Victim: Caucasian

Status: Exonerated by DNA

Alternative Perpetrator Identified: No

Type of Crime: Homicide-related, Sex Crimes

Forensic Science at Issue: Hair Analysis

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