Government Conducting Additional Tests; Defense Seeks to Limit Results
In the most recent filing in the Robert Wone case, we learn that, as recently as March 24, 2010, the government has been conducting experiments to bolster their evidence of tampering and conspiring to obstruct at trial. The defense has filed to exclude the tests and its results from being entered at trial.
The government experiments focus on three different yet specific areas: the stab cuts found on the T-shirt Robert was wearing at the time of the murder, the blood smear found on the knife at the crime scene, and the type of fibers that should have been found on the knife.
The government simulated conditions with evidence found at the scene: a Wusthof boning knife, as well as a Wusthof utility knife, a white towel, and T-shirts, even one with a William & Mary logo. To imitate a body, they chose a pork loin. They chose equine blood to imitate human blood.
Three tests, two knives, one pork loin. After the jump, discover what the government learned.
The first experiment consisted of two types of knives that are the same make as the knife found at the crime scene, Wusthof knives while wearing the two different T-shirts. Of the 12 experimental stabs, only one was the complete length of the blade. The report does not draw any conclusion on this test and requests comparison to the Robert’s T-shirt.
The second test, called the Fabric Imprint Test, examined what looks to be the way blood smears on a knife. The government tested for T-shirt and found that the test smears were not the same as those found on the photograph of the knife recovered from the scene.
The government also made blood smear on the knife with a portion of a white towel, and it revealed “patterns similar to those previously observed on the crime scene knife.”
The third test, which seems to create the most damage to the defense, analyzed the fiber transfer that should have taken place between the knife and the T-shirt. After stabbing the T-shirt-dressed pork loin three times, the results ranged from approximately 15 fibers to more than 40 fibers found on the knife. On the knife found at crime scene there were “no fibers from/consistent with the t-shirt that were found in the blood on the knife.”
Don’t forget what the MPD did find on the knife. Several white fibers were found in the blood on the knife that were consistent with the white towel found at the scene. This is critical information because, according to the defendants’ statements, no white towel ever came in contact with the knife.
This evidence advances the government’s argument that the defendants used the towel to wipe blood on the knife to make it appear as if it was the murder weapon.
The defense argues that these tests do not meet the legal standard for experiment evidence because of a lack of information regarding the conditions. They argue that too much is unknown about the conditions of the stabbing for the experiments to be credible.
In essence, the defense is saying they’ll believe the results of the pork loin stabbings when pigs fly.
– posted by David