Sitting on death row judged on three sets of bullets

Melivin White

“Melvin White’s life hinges on forensic science so controversial some judges won’t allow it in their courts.

White came to death row in 1996, more than a decade before scientists and the courts began questioning the credibility of studying bullets and guns to solve crimes. A trail of bullets stretching across the country and an SBI analyst’s word that they all came from a single gun is all the forensic evidence linking him to the murders of an elderly Craven County woman and her boyfriend.

White maintains his innocence. He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. His lawyers have been trying, unsuccessfully so far, to win a new trial for him, arguing that the science used to put White in prison is unreliable and potentially inaccurate. He has not been granted a hearing.”


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