Tyler Edmonds Acquitted

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

And another conviction based on Dr. Hayne’s testimony gets overturned.

Tyler Edmonds is the 19-year-old Mississippi man who was tried and convicted of conspiring with his sister to murder his half-sister’s husband.  He was 13 at the time.  In January 2007, his conviction was thrown out by the Mississippi Supreme Court (which, I might add, cited some of my reporting for reason in a concurring opinion).  In ordering a new trial, the court struck the testimony of now-former Mississippi medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne.

Hayne improbably testified that the bullet wounds in the victim’s body suggested there were two hands on the gun that fired that bullet, consistent with District Attorney Forrest Allgood’s theory that Edmonds and his sister fired the gun simultaneously.  It was the first time the state’s supreme court had ever thrown out Hayne’s testimony in a criminal case.

Edmonds was retried last week in Starkville, Mississippi.  While Hayne was again allowed to testify, this time, he wasn’t permitted to give his two-hands-on-the-gun theory.

This afternoon, the jury acquitted Edmonds on all charges.

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12 Responses to “Tyler Edmonds Acquitted”

  1. #1 |  Jefferson | 

    Kudos, Radley, for your work on this. Sad, though, that Hayne’s fellacious testimony robbed Edmonds of his teens.

  2. #2 |  Ben | 

    Radley, you rock.

  3. #3 |  Judi | 

    Amen to Ben and Jefferson! DITTO!

    Guess Hayne is having to SUE the INNOCENCE PROJECT so that he can start paying Brewer, now Edmonds…and shortly it will be Havard, Bennett, Moses…

    Well gee guys, he’s got to get the dough from somewhere! LOL

    He must have gone through the MASS FORTUNE he acquired doing 1800 autopsies a year at $550.00 a pop.

    Poor baby…whaaahhh!

  4. #4 |  Stephen | 

    Awesome, sweet, about time.

    Shine enough light on something that is wrong and eventually it melts.

  5. #5 |  Gonzo | 

    Wonderful, Radley. And wonderful in general.

    But: “Two-hands-on-the-gun”? What in the hell? Man, people watch too much TV.

  6. #6 |  Sky | 

    There were so many people involved working to make this day happen for Tyler and had it not been for many, many others and Balko’s story on Hayne this day may have never come.

    Sorry for the e-mails Radley, I should have checked your blog before I sent them.

  7. #7 |  Thomas Paine's Goiter | 

    Digg it up, please:

    http://digg.com/world_news/Hit_Run_Tyler_Edmonds_Acquitted

  8. #8 |  Steve Verdon | 

    I remember the posts over this at Patterico’s website. I thought it was a hoot because his reading the testimony by Hayne was very odd indeed.

  9. #9 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Hayne improbably testified that the bullet wounds in the victim’s body suggested there were two hands on the gun that fired that bullet, consistent with District Attorney Forrest Allgood’s theory that Edmonds and his sister fired the gun simultaneously. It was the first time the state’s supreme court had ever thrown out Hayne’s testimony in a criminal case.

    Yeah, I recall that was the thing that Patterico had a hard time with. However, in reading the testimony there were clearly two hypotheses:

    H1: One shooter, one pair of hands, one gun.
    H2: Two shooters, two pairs of hands, one gun.

    And only one bullet was fired.

    Hayne’s testimony was basically along the lines of, “The physical evidence is consistent with both H1 and H2, but that he favored H2. Further, that part of the reason he favored H2 was the physical evidence.”

    That is it wasn’t just a video-taped confession later recanted, but also forensic evidence suggesting that there were two hands aiming the gun absent the video-taped confession. Of course, that is rather hard to believe that the physical evidence tells us how many hands were on the weapon at the time of firing.

  10. #10 |  Kathy Coleman | 

    I am glad tyler Edmond was not charged for murder a child can be helped if given the chance. I hope and pray he does get help for what he did go through instead of keeping it built up inside it will only make things worse in the years to come if don’t work through all the pain. good luck. kat

  11. #11 |  Donna Reed | 

    Lets remember that when evaluating the testimony, we are listening with adult ears to a child’s statement. We are bringing adult experiences and exposures to something a child states who doesnt’ have the same point of reference as adults do.

  12. #12 |  caroline rogers | 

    i watched and didn’t see the outcome. glad to see that he will be free.

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