Sunday, October 09, 2005

Leslie Lincoln Is Innocent


Equal rights? equality? surely you jest. This is the Pitt County Dentention Center. Leslie has been "detained" here a little over three years awaiting trial, and among the many other observations, we note:

  • Male inmates are allowed time outdoors, female prisoners are never allowed outside.
  • Male prisoners are allowed to become trusties, with some additional privileges, female prisoners are not.
  • Male inmates are allowed to smoke, female prisoners are not.

In the grand scheme of life, these may be minor issues, but the inequity remains

Friday, September 16, 2005

DNA errors

If you are interested in more information on this case, visit and read the article published in the Winston-Salem Journal by Phoebe Zerwick. Read all about the SBI lab mistake, and ask yourself if you really trust our justice system. Once they decide you are guilty, it doesn't matter what the facts are, you better get an excellent attorney!! The trial has now been set for November 29, 2005, and hopefully justice will be done!!D

Monday, August 29, 2005


Have you ever watched CSI, of any variety? Isn't it impressive when they can pull evidence out of the "air" with all of their science? Isn't the evidence with all of its scientific underpinnings convincing, even on television? How do juries react to these "facts"?

Visit the Winston Salem (NC) Journal's series on Forensics.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Three Years Later, Innocent Woman Still Being Held

On March 17, 2002 Arlene Lincoln was stabbed to death in her home. Her son, Duffy had visited her just hours earlier with his children. The following evening, after receiving a phone call from one of her neighbors expressing concern about Ms. Lincoln, Duffy drove to her home and found her body in the floor of her bedroom.

Within minutes, paramedics arrived, and trampled through the crime scene, even though Duffy told them the condition in which he had found her. Soon after, the Greenville Police Department arrived. The evidence technician on the scene that night had never processed a homicide scene before. Even so, he oversaw the collection of evidence. This may be why Ms. Lincoln's pocketbook, which had obviously been rifled through, was sent home with Duffy that night. Three weeks later, detectives asked the family to return it for possible recovery of evidence. It was also discovered that a credit card was stolen from the wallet in the pocketbook and was used to purchase gasoline at 3:40 a.m. on Monday, March 18. However, supposedly, no video tape captured outside pictures, only inside the store.

Now we fast forward to this week, Sept. 12 - 16, 2005. Leslie Lincoln, Arlene's daughter was arrested and charged with the murder in Sept. 2002 and still awaits her trial. It was supposed to begin this week, but yet another twist in the case has caused a delay. On the eve of the trial, Buddy Conner received a phone call from the medical examiner who would be testifying in this case. This is not the same medical examiner who actually performed the autopsy on Arlene Lincoln. Yet, she has decided three and a half years later, that the depth of the wound to Ms. Lincoln's neck was actually 2 1/2 - 3 inches shorter than was reported in the autopsy. Well, of course, this is a significant change, since now the new depth estimation matches the length of a buck knife blade obtained when Leslie was arrested. This sudden "change of heart" occured after the "substitute" medical examiner had spoken with the district attorney.