Current Cases

Working to free the wrongfully convicted.

Below are the cases the California Innocence Project is currently working on and has decided warrant filing appeals in order to seek the release of the defendant.  For media requests regarding these cases, please complete the media request form found here.  For a more detailed account of each individual case, click on the client’s photo.

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Anthony Chairez

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: Attempted Murder, Aggravated Mayhem

Sentence: Life plus 25 years

Year of Conviction: 2004

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,218,045 and counting

Suzanne Johnson

County of Conviction: San Diego

Wrongfully Convicted of: Assault on a Child Causing Death

Sentence: 25 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 1999

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,624,060 and counting

Rodney Gupton

County of Conviction: Kern

Wrongfully Convicted of: Discharge of a Firearm at an Occupied Motor Vehicle; Assault with a Firearm;

Sentence: 15 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 2001

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,461,654 and counting

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Joann Parks

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: Three Counts of First Degree Murder

Sentence: Life without Parole

Year of Conviction: 1993

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $2,111,278 and counting

Marilyn Mulero

County of Conviction: Cook (Illinois)

Wrongfully Convicted of: First Degree Murder

Sentence: Death, Commuted to Life Without the Possibility of Parole

Year of Conviction: 1992

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $2,192,481 and counting

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Dolores Macias

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: Second Degree Murder

Sentence: 19 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 1994

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $2,030,075 and counting

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Jermaine Smothers

County of Conviction: San Diego

Wrongfully Convicted of: Murder

Sentence: 29 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 1996

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,867,669 and counting

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Kiera Newsome

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: First Degree Murder

Sentence: 60 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 2003

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,299,248 and counting

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Ed Contreras

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: First Degree Felony Murder

Sentence: Life without Parole

Year of Conviction: 1997

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,786,576 and counting

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Rodney Patrick McNeal

County of Conviction: San Bernardino

Wrongfully Convicted of: Two Counts of Second Degree Murder

Sentence: 30 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 2000

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,542,857 and counting

Jason Guzman

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: Murder

Sentence: 25 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 1997

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,786,466 and counting  

Jason Walton

County of Conviction: Los Angeles

Wrongfully Convicted of: First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder

Sentence: 50 Years to Life

Year of Conviction: 2006

Cost of Wrongful Incarceration: $1,055,639 and counting