Saturday, March 1, 2014

Christopher Edwards: Omaha; Sentenced to 100 years to life in prison for murder, he is appealing the conviction on 2 grounds: First, that disgraced Douglas County CSI chief David Kofoed — subsequently convicted of evidence-tampering — planted evidence that led to the conviction; Second, that Edwards lawyer knew Kofoed was "dirty" and should have acted accordingly; Omaha World-Herald;

STORY: "Convicted killer Christopher Edwards wants conviction overturned," by reporter Todd Cooper, published by the  Omaha World-Herald on March 13, 2014;

GIST: "Eight years after Jessica O'Grady vanished — and seven years after Christopher Edwards was convicted of killing her with a sword — almost everyone connected with the case appeared in court Thursday. Edwards, 27, is seeking to have his conviction and sentence of 100 years to life in prison overturned on two grounds: » That disgraced Douglas County CSI chief David Kofoed — subsequently convicted of evidence-tampering in the investigation of the slayings of Wayne and Sharmon Stock — planted evidence that led to Edwards' conviction in the O'Grady case. » That Edwards' trial attorney, Steve Lefler, knew or should have known that Kofoed was “dirty'' and that he should have withdrawn from representing Edwards.".........(Defence attorney) Soucie questioned how blood had gotten in the car trunk, on the pruning shears and on the tip of the sword. Initial reviews of those items turned up nothing. He also scrutinized Kofoed's assertion that he had identified a dark spot on a rubber gasket of the trunk. “I said, 'Let's test it to see,' ” Kofoed testified. “It could be oil.” Soucie noted that Kofoed made no such notation in his reports of initially identifying a spot, which turned out to be blood."

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