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Gregory R. Wilhoit


Years Imprisoned:

7.17

Charge:

Murder

Sentence:

Death

Year Convicted:

1987

Year Cleared:

1993

Location of Trial:

Oklahoma

Result:

Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

Gregory R. Wilhoit was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife from whom he had been separated for three weeks, in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 31, 1985. Key evidence was forensic testimony that Wilhoit's teeth matched bite marks on his wife. He was sentenced to death. Wilhoit was awarded a new trial by the Oklahoma Court of Appeal on the basis of new evidence by 11 forensic experts that the bite marks on his wife did not match Wilhoit's teeth. After the prosecution presented its case during his retrial the judge ordered a directed verdict of not guilty on the basis the prosecution had not presented evidence proving every essential element beyond a reasonable doubt. Wilhoit filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that was dismissed. Gregory Wilhoit died in February 2014.

Conviction Caused By:

Faulty expert forensic bite mark evidence.

Innocence Proved By:

The trial judge ordered a directed verdict of acquittal in Wilhoit's retrial after the prosecution closed its case.

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Compensation Awarded:

No

Was Perpetrator Found?

Age When Imprisoned:

30

Age When Released:

37

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Death Penalty Information Center

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