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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ind. Decisions - "Indiana appeals court reverses murder, arson convictions: Advances in fire science cited in case of woman whose 3-year-old son died in 1995 blaze"

The 63-page, 2-1 COA opinion yesterday in Kristine Bunch v. State of Indiana (see ILB entry, 3rd case, plus links to earlier posts) is the subject of a number of stories today, including this one by Jared S. Hopkins in the Chicago Tribune. Some quotes:

During Bunch's trial, investigators pointed to burn patterns and evidence of an accelerant. But the appeals court opinion cited newly discovered toxicology evidence and the failure by the state to turn over a report on testing samples from the fire scene.

"We conclude the fire victim toxicology evidence does constitute newly discovered evidence and the post-conviction court clearly erred in denying Bunch relief on this claim," wrote Margret Robb, chief judge of the court.

Here is a news release from Schiff Hardin and Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. (The ILB does not yet find a press release from the Indiana AG.)

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 22, 2012 09:16 AM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions