My story from our April issue is now online.
Read it here.
Some of the new information not in the online version from last month:
–Discussion of Haley Oliveaux’s anal lacerations. Apparently, the only way to tell for sure if the lacerations were caused by sexual abuse is to examine the microscopic tissue slides Dr. Hayne should have created during the autopsy. He testified to having made and examined them at trial. But now that a medical examiner hired by Duncan’s defense team has asked to see them, Hayne has claimed, in turn, to have either lost them, given them to the Mississippi state crime lab in Jackson, or to have sent them to a now-deceased medical examiner in Louisiana.
–Discussion of Jimmie Duncan’s alleged jailhouse confession to a fellow inmate. Turns out, other cellmates told prosecutors that not only did Duncan never confess, but the police were trying to get inmates to lie about Duncan confessing. That information was never turned over to Duncan’s trial attorneys. And one lead investigator in Duncan’s case seems to have a history of eliciting false confessions.
–Information casting doubt on testimony from witnesses who claimed to have seen the marks on Haley Oliveaux’s right cheek.
I’ll have more on all of this in a bit. There are actually other problems with the case that we didn’t have room to fit into the article. I’ll also reiterate once again that I have no idea if Jimmie Duncan beat or raped or killed Haley Oliveaux. I’m not interested in retrying his case, or of proclaiming his innocence. The purpose of this piece was to shine a light on the criminal misconduct by Hayne and West, and to detail some very troubling behavior by police and prosecutors in the case.