This exoneration again proves that The Innocence Project continues as the most effective national effort for exonerating wrongly convicted individuals facing the death penalty, shining light on the underlying problems that lead to these wrongful convictions and advocating for domestic criminal system reform. Each exoneration brings with it an opportunity to advance necessary policy reforms.
Nationwide, 238 people have been exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing. Eleven of those cases were in Virginia. Eyewitness misidentification was a factor in 75% of all wrongful convictions overturned with DNA testing, and the true perpetrators have been identified in more than 40% of DNA exoneration cases.