County of Conviction: Alameda County, California
Race: African American
Wrongful Conviction: Attempted murder
Exonerated Date: 2013
Years Served: 7
Ronald Ross was wrongfully convicted of the attempted murder of Renardo Williams, who was shot on the front porch of his West Oakland apartment on April 15, 2006. Renardo was recently in an altercation with his neighbor’s son, named Embrey. Ross lived in near where the shooting occurred, but had no relationship with those actually involved. After almost five years of investigation, the evidence of police misconduct and false testimony by key trial witnesses were uncovered, entitling Ronald to a new trial. After evidentiary hearings, the Alameda District Attorney joined Ronald’s petition asking the court to set aside the conviction. In February 2013, the Alameda District Attorney formally dismissed the charges. Ronald had served nearly seven years of a 25 years to life sentence.
Source: Northern California Innocence Project
Read more about Ron’s innocence here.