In re: Stevens

In 1985, woman’s body is found in the Rappahannock River tied down with a cinder block and 10 miles upstream of where defendant’s boat had been seen docked four days previously. In 1986, defendant is convicted of the murder on the strength of (among other things) now-discredited hair microscopy analysis and a marine scientist’s testimony that the body could have traveled the 10 miles. In 2016, a box of undisclosed evidence is discovered that contains (among other things) an FBI report estimating the body could have moved only 500 to 600 yards. Fourth Circuit: The man (who’s been out on parole since 2017) can challenge his conviction. (Click here for some long longform journalism.)

Tags: 2020, Evidence, FBI, Fourth Circuit

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