Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mark Carver: North Carolina; Defense in disputed murder case wants Gaston District Attorney punished for withholding evidence."..."Chris Mumma says in a motion filed Tuesday that Bell, the Gaston County district attorney who helped convict Carver for the 2008 murder of UNC Charlotte student Irina Yarmolenko, continues to ignore a court order that he share his complete files with the defense. Superior Court Judge David Lee of Union County issued the ruling during an April 20 court hearing in which Mumma accused Bell of withholding key evidence. Lee signed his order on May 11, giving both sides 20 days to comply. Mumma, executive director of North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, says that deadline has come and gone."..." Mumma is seeking a new trial, arguing that Carver received an inadequate defense and that key pieces of evidence used to convict him would not stand up to updated testing and new information uncovered in the case. In particular, Mumma claims that far more conclusive testing and reporting of DNA will undermine the prosecution’s contention that Carver’s genetic material was found on Yarmolenko’s car. She also says Carver’s statements to police indicating that he knew the victim’s height can be challenged by interrogation video – never seen by a jury – that shows he was coached into giving the description by a detective. Last year, the Observer published “Death by the River,” a six-part series raising questions about Carver’s guilt." by reporter Michael Gordon, published by The Charlotte Observer on June 14, 2017.

STORY: "Defense in disputed murder case wants Gaston DA published for withholding evidence," by reporter Michael Gordon, published by The Charlotte Observer on June 14, 2017.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article156083859.html#storylink=cpy

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