"Rebuilding the Lives of the Wrongfully Convicted"

Kevin Green

bkevinleegreenOne September evening in 1979, Kevin Green left his apartment in Tustin California to get a cheeseburger. When he returned, he found his pregnant wife, Diane, badly beaten and unconscious....

 

 bkevinleegreen Convicted of: Second-degree and attempted murder; assault with a deadly weapon
State: California
Served: 16 years
Released: 1996
Compensated by State: $620,000
Current Status: 
Health Insurance: 

Then: One September evening in 1979, Kevin Green left his apartment in Tustin California to get a cheeseburger. When he returned, he found his pregnant wife, Diane, badly beaten and unconscious. Diane suffered severe brain damage which left he unable to remember the assault and her unborn child was killed. Kevin was eventually charged with assault and murder and his conviction rested entirely on Diane's testimony that he had beaten her; there was no corroborating evidence.

In 1996, DNA evidence linked Diane's assault to another man, Gerald Parker, who was serving time for other murders in the L.A. area in the 70s and 80s. Parker eventually confessed to assaulting Diane and killing five others. 


Now: While Kevin was in prison, Diane sued him for $1 million in damages. When he was released from prison, the case proceeded and Kevin was acquitted of all charges brought against him. After receiving his compensation from the state, he gave $50,000 to Diane for legal fees she incurred in the process.

While in prison, Kevin struck up a friendship with Kelley Watson. Upon his release, the two were married and live together today. While Kevin's is certainly a part of their lives, the two of them try not to dwell on it. They are trying to move forward with their lives and leave what is past, behind. 

Hometown: San Diego, California