News 03.29.07

Timeline of Events in Antonio Beaver Case


August 15, 1996


Victim is confronted by a man in a public parking lot. After a brief struggle, the perpetrator drives away in her car. The victim calls the police and describes the perpetrator as a dark-skinned African-American man of medium build with a gap in his front teeth and blood on his left arm


August 16, 1996


The victim prepares a composite sketch and views hundreds of photos at the police station but is unable to identify the perpetrator. The police recover the car and blood is collected from the driver’s side interior door panel where the perpetrator was allegedly bleeding at the time of the attack.


August 21, 1996


Detective Skaggs arrests Beaver while investigating another case and identifies him as a possible suspect believing him to match the victim’s description. Beaver is detained and placed in a lineup at the station. The victim identifies him, saying that she is “90% sure” at first, and then “100% sure” after asking to see all of the suspects’ teeth. Beaver is the only one of the four in the lineup that has any irregularities with his teeth.


April 25, 1997


Beaver receives a sentence of 18 years for first-degree robbery.


March 10, 1998


The Missouri Court of Appeals affirms Beaver’s conviction.


November 9, 2001


Beaver (representing himself) files for DNA testing. 


December 10, 2003


State moves to dismiss Beaver’s motion for DNA testing


July 12, 2005


The court grants a hearing to consider Beaver’s request for DNA testing.


March 16, 2006


The Innocence Project files a supplemental motion to aid the court’s consideration of Beaver’s motion.


October 25, 2006


The state consents to DNA testing. 


March 29, 2007


The Innocence Project and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office file a joint motion to overturn Beaver’s conviction based on DNA test results that prove Beaver was not the perpetrator.

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  1. Cameron Weber says:

    Thanks this was helpful to the podcast I am writing.

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