Paul Mones is a nationally prominent attorney whose knowledge of DNA evidence brought about appearances on 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, Oprah Winfrey and interviews in the New York Times, Newsweek, People and more. Here, Mones tells the riveting story of teh first time DNA was used in a capital case--and how it permanently altered the American ...
Paul Mones is a nationally prominent attorney whose knowledge of DNA evidence brought about appearances on 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, Oprah Winfrey and interviews in the New York Times, Newsweek, People and more. Here, Mones tells the riveting story of teh first time DNA was used in a capital case--and how it permanently altered the American justice system.
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-06-05 Joe Horgas, a detective with the Arlington, Va., police force, fought a lonely battle with his own department, with the Richmond Police Department and with state officials to prove a suspect guilty of several rapes and killings going back to the mid-1980s. Eventually DNA proved Timothy Spencer guilty in four of the cases, and he was executed in 1994. Spencer, who was born in 1962, was a convicted burglar who lived in a halfway house in Richmond and worked in a furniture factory. Mones (When a Child Kills) stresses that, because the killer left no forensic evidence except his semen, this was the first case in Virginia in which a defendant was convicted on the basis of DNA. A salutary corollary to Spencer's conviction was the freeing of the man who had confessed to one of the crimes as a result of police pressure. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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