She also determined that sperm cells were present on the vaginal swab from the rape kit. However, the serology testing only showed presence of Type A blood antigens. Burton testified that the victim was a Type A and Burnette was a non-secretor, this meant that his blood type could not be determined from bodily fluids. Although Burnette story changed a bit, he stated that his grandma had heard him come home that early morning. The jury convicted Burnette of rape and burglary.
Steven was 19 years old and a hitchhiker on the side of the road. Dahmer took Hicks back to his place where they got drunk and had sex. When Hicks tried to leave Dahmer, Dahmer killed him by hitting him in the back of the head with a barbell and then strangling him. The middle victim was David Thomas. David was 23 and was found at Oxford apartments on North 25th Street.
On a night in May 2003, Christopher Dean, an employee of a Whataburger restaurant in northwest Houston was murdered during a robbery attempt. On that night, Gregory Love was scheduled as a manager of the restaurant. He arrived early for the shift allowing another manager, Arthur Murray to leave early. Mr. Dean was also working at the restaurant. He was mentally impaired and had been working for Whataburger (Defendant) for last 14 years.
After arguing with his EX-girl friend who worked at the illegal social club and having a few adult drinks he was ejected from the club bye the door men. When he was ejected he stated that he will return! Know body took his statement serious and business continued at the club. Mr. Gonzalez gathered A one gallon plastic container before leaving the social club. At this time Mr. Gonzalez walked to a near by gas station and filled the one gallon container with gas.
While in prison, Jackson prayed and prayed for his release–prayers which were not answered for nearly eight years. In August of 1978, the United States Court of Appeals set aside Jackson’s conviction. With great appreciation, Loftus explained that, “The court found that the eyewitness testimony presented by the prosecution was so tainted by the suggestive procedures of the police investigators that its admission into evidence against Jackson constituted a denial of due process” (Loftus xi). Such devastating mistakes by eyewitnesses are not rare, according to a report by the Innocence Project, an organization affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. The Innocence Project uses DNA testing to exonerate those wrongfully convicted of crimes.
The Bay Harbor Pool Room (a pool hall/bar) in Pensacola Florida was broken into on June 3, 1961. The perpetrators broke a window unlocked a door entering the bar robbing the bar of $5 in change and a few bottles of beer and soda. Clarence Earl Gideon was arrested shortly thereafter at a tavern. A nearby resident, Henry Cook, claimed that he saw Gideon leave the bar with a bottle of wine and his pockets filled with coins, make a phone call, get in a cab and leave. Gideon denied the charges (Wikipedia, 2013).
Kimber Reynolds was eighteen at the time and came home to Fresno to be a bridesmaid. She was leaving a restaurant when two men on motorcycles attempted to snatch her purse (Laird, 2013). She resisted and one of the men shot her resulting in her death twenty six hours later. Her family discovered that both men had prior offenses mostly for drugs and petty theft. Kimber’s dad, Mike Reynolds, drafted a “three strikes and you’re out” law for punishing repeat offenders.
However, Bennett served 35 years in prison and was not released from prison until May 24, 2012, when he was cleared of the rape. There are many individuals wrongfully incarcerated due to flawed eyewitness testimony. Thanks to DNA testing, these three men were cleared of all crimes and released from prison. There are others not as fortunate. In my opinion, eyewitness testimonies should not be allowed as evidence in court.
Baptized "Alphonsus Capone," he grew up in a rough neighborhood and was a member of two "kid gangs," the Brooklyn Rippers and the Forty Thieves Juniors. Although he was bright, Capone quit school in the sixth grade at age fourteen. Between scams he was a clerk in a candy store, a pinboy in a bowling alley, and a cutter in a bookbindery. He became part of the notorious Five Points gang in Manhattan and worked in gangster Frankie Yale's Brooklyn dive, the Harvard Inn, as a bouncer and bartender. While working at the Inn, Capone received his infamous facial scars and the resulting nickname "Scar face" when he insulted a patron and was attacked by her brother.
With a handful of evidence against him, some thought there was no way he could be found not guilty. O.J. Simpson’s “dream team” was able to win the case because the prosecution did not evaluate the evidence close enough before presenting it in trial. On June 12, 1994 the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found outside of