County of Conviction: Los Angeles, CA
Wrongful Conviction: Second-Degree Murder
Exonerated Date: 2004
Years Served: 13
Adam Riojas was wrongfully convicted of second degree murder in 1991 for the death of Jose Rodarte in Los Angeles, California. At trial, Riojas maintained his innocence, asserting that he was at home in Oceanside at the time of the murder. Although Riojas had an alibi witness, he was convicted largely based on faulty eyewitness identification. Riojas’ father, Adam Ramirez Riojas Sr., who was physically similar to his son, told his family before his death that it was he, and not his son, who had actually been involved in the killing. Riojas walked out of prison after 13 years for a crime he did not commit.
Source: California Innocence Project
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