County of Conviction: Los Angeles, California
Race: African American
Wrongful Conviction: Armed Robbery (3rd Strike)
Exonerated Date: 2003
Years Served: 4
Jason Kindle was convicted for the 1999 armed robbery in Los Angeles and sentenced to 70 years to life. Kindle was convicted because of a laundry list of store cleaning instructions found in his home. Police and the district attorney believed it was a robbery to-do list, when in fact it contained notes Kindle took during a training course with Cover-All Cleaning, his employer. Kindle’s conviction was also based on inaccurate voice recognition testimony. The California Innocence Project reexamined the evidence presented at trial and discovered a videotape of the robbery that definitively proved that the actual perpetrator was 6 feet 6 inches. The charges were ultimately dismissed because of this new evidence, and Kindle was released.
Source: California Innocence Project
Read more about Jason’s case here.