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Kenneth Marsh

Years served: 21

County of Conviction

San Diego

Convicted of

Second Degree Murder


15 Years to Life


August 10, 2004

Ken Marsh was convicted in November 1983 for the death of 33-month-old Phillip Buell, who died 10 months earlier from a head injury sustained when he fell off a couch and hit his head on a brick hearth. Although the incident was originally treated as an accidental fall by the San Diego Police Department, San Diego prosecutors later charged Ken with the murder of Phillip. At trial, the prosecution’s medical experts claimed that the only way Phillip could have sustained the injuries was through abuse.  20 years later, after a requested review by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, neutral experts were asked to review the evidence who concluded the evidence was consistent with an accidental death.  Ken was released after serving 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  For more information about Ken’s case go to:

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