Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bulletin: Christine Bunch: Arson "science" case. She has finally been cleared in 1995 blaze that killed her son. FOX59

STORY: "Charges cleared against woman convicted in 1995 arson that killed son," published by FOX59 on December 18, 2012."

GIST:  A local woman charged with arson and the death of her 3-year-old son was cleared of the charges against her Tuesday. Kristine Bunch was previously convicted of the charges in 1995 and has spent the past 16 years in prison. Prosecutors claimed Bunch poured kerosene through the linoleum-floored bedroom in which her son, Tony, was found and into the living room of the trailer before lighting a match. Bunch’s son had 80 percent carbon monoxide level in his blood. In March 2012, the Indiana Court of Appeals granted Bunch a new trial and allowed a vacated conviction.  Her attorney, Ron Safer, argued arson science is drastically different than it was in 1995.  He stated there was overwhelming evidence that proves Bunch could not have set the fire.  The attorney said the evidence includes advances in the field of fire victim toxicology, which allegedly proves the fire could not have been set in the way prosecutors argued it did. ......... Bunch’s attorneys and the Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions released the following statement Tuesday: “We are extremely happy that the State has dismissed the charge against Kristine.  She is innocent.  As the Indiana Appellate Court ruled months ago, a jury hearing all of the evidence likely would have found Kristine not guilty.
We do condemn the State for bringing arson-related charges in 1995.  That was the equivalent of the Stone Ages for arson investigations.........

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