Recent Cases on Forensic Anthropology

People v. Garner, Court of Appeals No. 12CA0575, COURT OF APPEALS OF COLORADO, DIVISION TWO, 2015 COA 174; 2015 Colo. App. LEXIS 1933, December 17, 2015, Decided,  THIS OPINION IS NOT THE FINAL VERSION AND SUBJECT TO REVISION UPON FINAL PUBLICATION

In December 2015, the defendant of the following case filed for an appeal were he alleged various grounds for vacating his conviction and sentence for murder in the first degree.

In Colorado, February 1998, the defendant and victim drove to Gypsum from Grand Junction. The next morning the defendant contacted the police and said that the car they were driving got stuck on a back road and the victim was lost in the woods. In hours the vehicle was recovered.

In December 2002, 5 years later, the victim was discovered 2 miles from where the car was found by a hunter and his son near a ravine. August 2003—the defendant was arrested and convicted of first degree murder. In the trial, a forensic anthropologist stated the victim suffered from a single-edged knife wound to the abdomen. A forensic pathologist confirmed that the cause of death would have been the knife wound that the anthropologist suggested.

https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2015/12CA0575-PD.pdf

Forensic Summary by Emma-Rae Ranger

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