Bobby Kennedy assassin is innocent, claim lawyers
Published 30/11/2011 | 05:00
Lawyers representing convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan claim that a bullet was switched in evidence at his trial and new forensic tests show he is innocent of the 1968 killing of Robert Kennedy.
In the latest of many appeals filed on behalf of Sirhan (67), the lawyers are seeking to overturn his conviction. They presented reports from experts who said Sirhan was programmed through hypnosis to fire shots as a diversion for the real killer.
The lawyers also said audio tests recently conducted on recordings from the assassination night show 13 shots from multiple guns were fired -- five more than Sirhan could have fired from his small pistol.
Authorities have claimed eight bullets were fired, with three hitting Mr Kennedy on June 5, 1968.
The lawyers argue that before Sirhan's trial, someone switched a bullet before it was placed in evidence because the bullet taken from Mr Kennedy's neck did not match Sirhan's gun.
They suggest a second gun was involved in the assassination, but they do not know who fired it.
The motion was filed in court last week in Los Angeles.