Monday, February 25, 2013

Bulletin: David Eastman; Australia; Forensic tests on Eastman weapon in anticipation of inquiry relating to assistant police commissioner's murder: Canberra Times;

STORY: "Forensic tests on Eastman weapon," by reporter Michael Inman, published in the Canberra Times on February 16, 2013.
GIST:  "The proposed start date for the inquiry into David Harold Eastman's murder conviction may have been abandoned, but forensic testing has finally begun on a weapon that could undermine the verdict. The scheduled date, March 4, was switched to a directions hearing after three members of Eastman's legal team had to stand down due to conflicts of interests. But preparations for the inquiry continued unabated when the gun that could explain flecks of gunshot residue found in the boot of Eastman's car underwent test firing in Canberra this week. Further forensic analysis of the rifle is scheduled to start at an Adelaide laboratory next week. In 1995, a jury found Eastman guilty of assistant police commissioner Colin Winchester's murder, and he was subsequently sentenced to life behind bars. Eastman has served 17 years of the sentence but has always maintained his innocence, fighting the verdict all the way to the High Court. The inquiry was called after the emergence of a witness who claims he borrowed Eastman's car to go rabbit-shooting and put his .22 rifle in the boot. The evidence could explain why gunshot residue was found in Eastman's car.
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