County of Conviction: Santa Clara, California
Race: African American
Wrongful Conviction: First Degree Murder, Robbery
Exonerated Date: 2003
Years Served: 11
Quedellis “Rick” Walker was wrongfully convicted of first degree murder in December of 1991. Although there was no physical evidence connecting Walker to the crime, he was tried and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison. After years of futile appeals, new evidence came to light, prompting the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office to re-open the case. DNA evidence confirmed Walker was not the perpetrator. Walker was set free in June of 2003 with an apology from the District Attorney’s Office. Today, Walker uses his experience to promote positive change within the justice system. He is also a member of the Northern California Innocence Project’s Advisory Board.
Source: Northern California Innocence Project