After 18 years, a few lessons learned
By C.S. Murphy
LITTLE ROCK — The murders marked the careers of the two Arkansas scientists as indelibly as a bloodstain.
The pathologist, a fresh transplant from Maryland, didn’t know the killings had occurred until he walked into the morgue that Monday and found the bodies of the three boys waiting.
The blood expert, newly returned to work after the unexpected death of his young wife, got the call from the pathologist to head straight to the morgue upon arrival at the Arkansas Crime Laboratory on May 7, 1993.
From that day until this August, the two men spent countless hours testifying in the case, trying to serve the victims and the cause of justice by using the best science available.
Their path gave rise to bitter lessons about the limits of evidence and the criminal justice system.
They learned that sometimes diligent police and forensics work and the best intentions don’t yield a satisfying result.