Dog-scent lineups too unreliable, Texas court rules

The court ruled they are too scientifically unreliable to form the basis of any conviction


By Chuck Lindell
Austin American-Statesman

AUSTIN, Texas — Tossing out the capital murder conviction of an East Texas woman, the state's highest criminal court affirmed Wednesday that dog-scent lineups — once considered an exciting advance in crime solving — are too scientifically unreliable to form the basis of any conviction.

Without the discredited scent lineup results, the remaining circumstantial evidence presented to Megan Winfrey's jury was too weak to establish guilt, the Court of Criminal Appeals said in a 7-2 ruling that acquitted Winfrey of capital murder and conspiracy to commit capital murder.

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