Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

William Avery

First Name William
Last NameAvery
Year of Conviction2005
Year of Exoneration2003
Testing inculpated culpritNon-Cold Hit
State of ConvictionWisconsin
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeMurder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
JuvenileNo
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Informant
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

None: no details. He stated: “I am responsible. I just don’t remember how.” ‚óŹ Avery testified that he "didn’t hurt that woman and I don’t know who had hurt that woman." And they were "trying to ask me give him some details to that murder; where that woman’s clothes was…"

Quotes from prosecution arguments

“He then tells the detectives that he knows he’s responsible for [the victim’s] death, and refuses or doesn’t say anything more to the police.”

Interrogation RecordedWritten and signed confession statement
Jailhouse informant, Co-defendant, Incentivized WitnessJ
Highest level reachedNR