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Betrayed By Blood Spatter

by Karen Garcia

Tags: forensics, Warren Horinek, Science and Technology, The Texas Observer, Karen Garcia,

blood spatter 

The Texas Observer has gone Forensic Files on us. The cover story of a recent issue tackles the case of Warren Horinek, a man sent to prison against all reasonable doubt because of faulty bloodstain pattern analysis. Dave Mann seamlessly weaves Horinek’s story into the larger issue of wrongful convictions due to flawed forensics:

And it is that dicey business—and the testimony of one undereducated private blood spatter analyst—that sent Horinek to prison against the warnings of the crime scene investigator, the police sergeant who oversaw the homicide investigation, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, and the assistant district attorney initially assigned to prosecute the case, who all believed Horinek was telling the truth about what happened to his wife that Tuesday night in 1995. 

At least Horinek can be considered relatively lucky: Handfuls of professionals are working to free him, unlike the thousands of others who have been wrongfully convicted. But after 15 presumably guiltless years in prison, I’m sure it doesn’t feel that way. 

Source: The Texas Observer 

Image courtesy of Matt Wright-Steel.