North Carolina man is denied a new trial


Lee Wayne Hunt, who is serving two life sentences in North Carolina for a 1984 double murder he says he didn’t commit, was denied a new trial last week by the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Hunt’s case is at the center of an investigation in recent months into cases in which faulty bullet lead analysis by the FBI crime lab could have led to wrongful convictions. The Innocence Network is helping to ensure that cases of possible wrongful convictions are properly reviewed, after a CBS News / Washington Post investigation revealed that three decades of tests conducted by the FBI were based on flawed science.

Hunt has always maintained his innocence.

His attorneys have said they have two new pieces of evidence to help exonerate Hunt, including the credibility of an FBI analysis that matched bullets found at the crime scene to those in a box Hunt owned. Last year, "60 Minutes" reported that scientists now believe that kind of analysis is misleading and should not be considered at trial.

It was the only physical evidence connecting Hunt to the deaths.

Read the full story and watch video with Hunt here

. (WRAL, 02/08/08)

Watch the CBS News “60 Minutes” coverage of bullet lead analysis here

Read more about the Innocence Network’s role in ensuring that cases like Hunt’s are properly reviewed


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