Anthony Ray Hinton
State of Conviction: Alabama
Race: African American
Wrongful Conviction: Robbery-Murder
Exonerated Date: 2015
Years Served: 29
Anthony Ray Hinton’s death penalty case was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, which paved the way for his exoneration in April 2015. His case rested on shoddy ballistics and mistaken eyewitness testimony, and a polygraph he passed was not allowed into evidence by the trial judge. In 1986, it took the jury just one hour to convict Anthony of both murders by a vote of 10-2. Alabama is one of three states that does not require a unanimous verdict to send a person to death row.
Source: Witness to Innocence
Read more about Anthony’s innocence here.