Dale Johnston

Dale JohnstonState of Conviction: Ohio

Race: White

Wrongful Conviction: Murder

Exonerated Date: 1990

Years Served: 8

A Korean War veteran, Dale Johnston returned to Ohio where he worked as an auto mechanic and in construction until retiring early. On October 4, 1982, the bodies of Dale’s daughter and her boyfriend were murdered found dismembered. Dale was the only person the police considered as a suspect. However, numerous violations of Dale’s rights occurred during the investigation and trial. He was sentenced to death in 1984. He remained on Ohio’s death row for more than five years and was incarcerated for more than seven years. The Ohio Supreme Court overturned Dale’s conviction in 1988 because the prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense, and because one witness had been hypnotized. The state later dropped all charges against him. He was released in 1990.

Source: Witness to Innocence

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