Key clue in slaying went untested for 7 years
As the homicide trial nears for a man charged in 2009 with killing his ex-wife in Bethel Park a decade earlier, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of the case has found that investigators overlooked for seven years the key evidence that led to John D. Minch's arrest.
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#1 Jan 11, 2011
Below is from your article. When you say the jury won't hear about the polygraph exam, are you assuming none of them will have read your article?
On May 18, 1999, Mr. Minch took a lie-detector test. Pointed questions to which Mr. Minch answered "no" included:
"Did you help to plan Melissa's death?"
"Did you, yourself, stab Melissa?"
"Did you know where Melissa lived before you heard she was dead?"
The examiner concluded that "Minch was lying when he answered these questions in the negative."
"I don't believe it was conducted in any fair manner," Mr. Minch said in an interview.
A jury will never hear about the exam because it is not admissible in state court in Pennsylvania. Police tend to use polygraphs to rule out suspects rather than to establish guilt.
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