DNA casts doubt on Luke Mitchell’s guilt

Luke Mitchell is someone I didn’t want to be guilty when I heard the case on the news at the time, but after the verdict and the sentence I had to concede. However, any guilty verdict is followed by various ‘dirt’ revelations about someone, and this was no exception.

Now, DNA evidence has appeared which places two other men at the scene of the murder of Mitchell’s 14-year-old girlfriend, Jodi Jones, and there never was any DNA evidence placing him there:

In April 2004 he was charged with murder. In the absence of any DNA evidence linking Mitchell to the scene, the prosecution case was wholly circumstantial. A witness said she had seen Mitchell – although she failed to pick him out in the courtroom – near the scene of the crime. Jodi’s relatives told the court that Mitchell, who claimed he had reacted to his dog barking, had led them straight to the 14-year-old’s body during the night search.

The case also centred on Mitchell’s character, his supposedly unemotional reaction to Jodi’s death and that he carried knives, sold cannabis and was interested in satanism. After the longest trial of a single accused in Scottish legal history, a majority verdict convicted Mitchell and he was sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 20 years to be served before parole.

Mitchell has Asperger’s syndrome, and the “unemotional response” is likely to be a result.

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