Herman Lindsey

State: Florida

Convicted: 2006

Exonerated: 2009

Race: Black

DNA used in exoneration? No

Reasons for wrongful conviction:

Conviction based solely on circumstantial evidence

Herman's Wrongful Conviction

Herman Lindsey was sent to Florida’s death row in 2006 for the robbery and murder of Ft. Lauderdale pawnshop owner, Joanne Mazzola, back in 1994.

In a unanimous verdict, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in July 2009 that there wasn’t enough evidence to find Herman guilty of anything, much less sentence him to death, and that he did not receive a fair trial. The court said that “the state had failed to produce any evidence in this case placing Lindsey at the scene of the crime at the time of the murder,” and that the evidence presented was “equally consistent with a reasonable hypothesis of innocence." The chief justice also issued an additional opinion stating that the prosecutor asked questions during the penalty phase of the trial “that were not only improper but were also prejudicial and made with the apparent goal of inflaming the jury.''

Herman was exonerated in 2009 after spending 3 years on Florida's death row. Herman's Work Today Herman became the 135th person to be exonerated from death row since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S., and the 23rd person to be exonerated from Florida’s death row. Florida has the highest rate of exonerations from death row of any state in the nation.

He currently resides in Florida where he works with at-risk youth. Herman is on the Board of Witness to Innocence and also speaks across the U.S. and internationally; he has given talks in Italy and Belgium.


The Deprived: Innocent on Death Row

  • "The book is based on interviews with 10 Americans who have all been affected by wrongful convictions and the death penalty."

  • Includes interviews from Kwame Ajamu, Derrick Jamison, Damon Thibodeaux, and Herman Lindsey.

In The Media:

5.15.13 Fmr. Death Row Inmates Want Gov. Scott To Veto “Timely Justice Act”

5.15.13 Exonerated inmates protest Florida death row law

5.17.13 Florida’s Timely Justice Act Is Neither Timely Nor Justice

1.31.16 How the nation’s lowest bar for the death penalty has shaped death row

3.10.17 Florida’s death penalty fix heads to Rick Scott

3.14.17 Despite Former Death Row Inmate’s Testimony, Death Penalty Changes Pass Florida Legislature And Gov. Scott

3.21.17 Eye-for-eye mentality is uncertain, costly, imperfect, senseless

3.29.17 Florida can reduce prison population

4.26.17 Could This Be The Year Fla. Lawmakers Make It Easier For Exonerees To Get Compensated?

2.22.18 Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

11.26.18 Pena di morte, 13 comuni dell’Altovicentino dicono basta. Illuminando i loro monumenti

10.22.19 Gov. DeSantis, don’t risk executing an innocent veteran

10.21.19 Exonerated from Death Row, men will ask Gov. DeSantis to cancel scheduled execution

10.22.19 Death row exonerees deliver letter to governor's office to block execution of Vietnam vet

10.22.19 Death row exonerees ask DeSantis to spare James Dailey's life

10.22.19 Death row exonerees ask governor to spare James Dailey

10.22.19 Group pushing Gov. DeSantis to keep veteran off death row

10.23.19 Lograron salir del corredor de la muerte. Ahora abogan por condenado a la pena capital en Florida

10.23.19 Sunrise Podcast

10.23.19 Survivors of Florida's Death Row Deliver Message to DeSantis: 'Don’t Kill James Dailey'

10.23.19 Death row exonerees ask DeSantis to halt execution

1.15.20 Florida could expand law to compensate wrongfully imprisoned

5.13.20 Hillsborough State Attorney taking a new look at cases to free the innocent

10.12.20 To end a discriminatory criminal justice system, Floridians must vote for change

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