State of Conviction: Mississippi
Race: African American
Wrongful Conviction: Murder, Child abuse
Exonerated Date: 1995
Years Served: 5
Sabrina Butler was a teenager when she was convicted of murder and child abuse in the death of her 9-month-old son, Walter. She is one of only two women in the United States exonerated from death row. In 1989, teenage mother Sabrina rushed Walter to the hospital after he suddenly stopped breathing. Shortly after Walter’s death, Sabrina was arrested and convicted of murder and child abuse. In 1995, Sabrina’s case went to retrial after she filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Mississippi. One of Sabrina’s neighbors came forward with evidence that corroborated her account that the injuries to her son occurred during unsuccessful CPR. Additionally, the medical examiner changed his opinion about Walter’s cause of death, which he now believed occurred due to a kidney malady.
Source: Witness to Innocence
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