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By Colin Evans

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ISBN-13: 9781438132136

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All this time, on the tape, Staton could be heard trying to persuade Melanie to go with him on a boating trip and picnic. She was crying, and several times said that she didn’t want to go, only to then relent. At this point, the conversation was interrupted by two distinct thuds, a groan, three more thuds, followed by the sound of Melanie crying and screaming. Then Wolf could be heard saying, “Get him. ”2 Henderson confessed that the ambush had been planned in advance; that Wolf had approached him the previous day and told him of his homicidal intentions.

This argument finally received a judicial airing in 2005. S. District Judge Beverly Martin delivered her decision on February 8, 2006. She wrote that none of the allegedly withheld evidence “would have had more than a minimal impact upon the outcome of Mr. ”1 Looking beyond any perceived racial bias—an oft-overlooked fact is that the jury was made up of eight blacks and four whites—most of the complaints have centered on the fact that Williams was convicted “only” on circumstantial evidence. As the statistics quoted in the prosecution’s case illustrate, an overwhelming barrage of circumstantial evidence is often the very best evidence of all.

All of these are examples of evidence that can be directly linked to a single source. More controversially, direct evidence can also include eyewitness testimony. This kind of evidence can be notoriously unreliable. Happily, not all forms of direct evidence are so compromised. Say a person is found shot dead in suspicious circumstances. If a bullet taken from the corpse can be matched to a particular firearm, then the possessor of that weapon is going to have some serious explaining to do. Similarly with fingerprints or DNA samples found at the crime scene.

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