Thursday 27 July 2017

Blinks of dying man court evidence

A video of a dying man blinking in response to police questions is to be used as evidence in a court case
A video of a dying man blinking in response to police questions is to be used as evidence in a court case

A judge in Cincinnati has decided a video of a dying man's blinking eyes, which prosecutors say identifies his killer, can be used as evidence in a trial.

The Hamilton County judge ruled jurors in 33-year-old Ricardo Woods' murder trial will be allowed to see an interview in which David Chandler blinks in response to police questions. Police interviewed him while he was on a ventilator, paralysed after being shot in the head and neck on October 28. Mr Chandler died about two weeks later.

Prosecutors say Mr Chandler identified Woods through a series of eye blinks. Woods' attorney argued the blinks are not conclusive and should not be allowed as evidence.

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