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Brett Bachelor



Second Degree Murder


15 years

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Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Brett Bachelor was wrongly convicted of second-degree murder in 1979 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. At the subsequent trial of an alleged co-defendant, evidence showed that a key witness had erroneously identified Bachelor. The co-defendant was acquitted. Eight months after Bachelor had been found guilty, in 1980 the trial court ordered him released from prison. ('“In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases,” p. 284)"

Conviction Caused By:

Erroneous eyewitness identification.

Innocence Proved By:

After evidence surfaced that the eyewitness had erroneously identified Brett Bachelor the trial judge vacated his conviction and ordered his release from prison.

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Information Source 1:

""In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases,” Michael L Radelet, Hugo Adam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam, Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1992, p. 284."

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"“Miscarriages of Justice in Potentially Capital Cases,” Hugo Adam Bedau & Michael L. Radelet, Stanford Law Review, November, 1987, Vol. 40, p. 93."

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"Gainesville Sun, July 25, 1980, p. 7A, col. 1"

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