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Inmate Demanded Untested Fingerprints Be Processed Before His Execution - Big Mistake

Evidence requested by a convicted killer in Tennessee ended up further implicating the man, according to Chattanooga’s Times Free Press.

Thirteen years ago, a judge ordered the death penalty for Marlon Kiser, who allegedly murdered Deputy Donald Bond of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. Kiser continues to profess his innocence, claiming that his former roommate Mike Chattin framed him for the crime.

In a petition to the court for “post-conviction relief” in March, Kiser’s lawyers asked for law-enforcement authorities to test fingerprints and palmprints from Bond’s flashlight and car door. The convict was disappointed to learn that the prints matched his own. It was the first time a fingerprint from the crime scene had been linked to Kiser, although police previously found Bond’s clothing fibers on the suspect.

On Tuesday, District Attorney General Neal Pinkston added the newly unveiled evidence to the case record. The information certainly will not help Kiser get any relief from his prison sentence.

Kiser testified in court in November 2014, after not speaking publicly about Bond’s death for 14 years, the Times Free Press reported. He said he did not testify at his initial trial because the public defenders assigned to his case did not prepare him to speak.

“I was green and I was not prepared,” Kiser told the judge. He accused his attorneys of failing to cite enough evidence. “They were basically playing with a quarter deck. I wouldn’t call that a defense,” he said.

Source: Times Free Press
Photo: WSMV

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