Donald Eugene Gates

Time Served: 27 years

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State: District Of Columbia

Charge: First degree felony murder while armed, rape while armed, carrying a pistol without a license

Conviction: First degree felony murder while armed, rape while armed, carrying a pistol without a license

Sentence: 20 to life

Incident Date: 06/22/81

Conviction Date: 09/16/82

Exoneration Date: 12/18/09

Served: 27 years

Race of Defendant: African American

Race of Victim: Caucasian

Status: Exonerated by DNA

Type of Forensic Science Problem: Hair Analysis

Type of Crime: Homicide Related, Sex Crimes

Contributing Causes of Conviction: Informants, Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

Death Penalty Case: no

Accused Plead Guilty: No

The Alternative Perpetrator Identified: No, Yes

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