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  • New Evidence That a Man Convicted of Murdering His W...

    Oct 8, 2018 | via The New York Times 

    An influential state commission issued a highly critical assessment on Friday of a second key player in the murder conviction of Joe Bryan, saying a Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab chemist had "overstated findings, exceeded her expertise and engaged in speculation" when she testified in 1989. In a report issued at its quarterly meeting, the Texas Forensic Science Commission also found that the now-retired chemist, Patricia Retzlaff, failed to do thorough analysis of key DNA evidence in 2012, after a judge allowed such testing.

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  • Damning forensic evidence turned out not to exist in...

    Sep 18, 2018 | via The Raw Story 

    A hearing to determine whether Joe Bryan should be granted a new trial came to a dramatic conclusion on Monday with a surprise, eleventh-hour admission from the expert witness whose testimony had proved critical in convicting the former high school principal of the 1985 murder of his wife, Mickey. "My conclusions were wrong," retired police Detective Robert Thorman wrote in an affidavit introduced by the defense of the bloodstain-pattern analysis he performed.

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