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Timothy Atkins



Murder and Robbery


32 years to life imprisonment

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Los Angeles

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Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Timothy Atkins was wrongly convicted in 1987 of convicted of second-degree murder and two counts of robbery, as an accomplice to a car-jacking committed on New Years Day 1985. Atkins was sentenced to 32 years in prison. His conviction vacated on February 9, 2007, based on the recanting of the state's star witness at Atkins preliminary hearing that she lied. In April 2007 the LA DA's Office announced Atkins would not be retried because of a lack of evidence. He was wrongly imprisoned for more than 20 years. In August 2014 a judge found that Atkins was actually innocent and he filed a compensation claim with the California Victim Compensation & Government Claims Board. His claim was denied on the basis he had not proven he was innocent under the statute."

Conviction Caused By:

"Perjury by the eyewitness as the preliminary hearing, which was admitted at trial without her being cross-examined."

Innocence Proved By:

"Convictions vacated on February 9, 2007."

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State compensation denied.

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Information Source 1:

"Taking deep breath of freedom, by Ashraf Khalil (staff), LA Times, February 10, 2007"

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"Accused accomplice in 1985 slaying wrongly convicted, judge rules, by Stuart Silverstein (staff), LA Times, February 9, 2007"

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"D.A. won't retry man held 22 years, By Joe Mozingo (staff writer), Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2007 "

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