Overturned Coldspring murder case muzzles canine lineups
The state appeal court reversed the 2007 conviction of Richard Lynn Winfrey and ordered his acquittal
A murder conviction involving dog scent evidence was overturned Wednesday after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously held that such evidence may only serve a supporting role and must not be used by prosecutors as the main justification for a guilty verdict.
The court reversed the 2007 conviction of Richard Lynn Winfrey and ordered his acquittal, saying the evidence produced against him at trial was insufficient.
The court claimed the alleged proof amounted to little more than vague tidbits of possible self-incrimination and a suspicion raised by dogs owned by a Fort Bend County sheriff's deputy that matched Winfrey's scent to articles of clothing worn by the victim.
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