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Explaining Scientific Evidence in a High-Profile Murder Case

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In the recent high-profile murder case involving the kidnapping and murder of a San Diego girl, the testimony of several expert witnesses on the subject of forensic entomology captured the nation’s attention. The degree to which such “bug” evidence was emphasized by the defense—and effectively countered by the prosecution, educated trial watchers about the life cycle of blowflies, maggots, beetles, and other insects. The testimony also taught us that the methods of determining time of death are often far less exact than we might have previously assumed.


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