Meet the Exonerees

David Bates

State: Illinois
Date of Birth:
Incident Date: 1983
Age at Arrest: 17
Conviction Date: 1983
Age When Exonerated: 30
Exonerated Date: Nov-96
Time Served: 11
Conviction: Murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery
False Confession: Yes

Case Details

David Bates was only seventeen years old when he was arrested on October 29, 1983 for crimes he did not commit. David was beaten and tortured for two days by Chicago police under the command of Jon Burge, and falsely confessed to the crimes. "Jon Burge gave out five sections of torture. First of all, it began with a series of slaps, kicks and name calling and the last two that he did was put a plastic bag over my head all while threatening me with death along with hitting me in my chest until I passed out," Bates said. Bates was released in 1996 after an appeals court ruled that his confession had been coerced.