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How the absence of blow flies overturned a wrongful conviction

from The Conversation via PhysOrg

On Jan. 2, 2018, Kirstin Blaise Lobato, who was charged and convicted of murder, walked free from a Nevada prison due entirely to forensic entomology. Forensic entomologists study the insects colonizing a dead body to estimate how long they have been active on the body and infer time of death. What was so unusual in Lobato's case was not the presence of insects, but rather the absence of insects on the body. Yet neither defense nor prosecution lawyers queried this absence, an oversight that led to Lobato's 16-year incarceration. more


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