03/30/2008

D.C. may use ShotSpotter in murder trial

The Examiner
Shots fired: ShotSpotter gunfire detection system provides leg up on 911

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia could soon hold America’s first murder trial in which a relatively new technology that can identify the location and caliber of gunshots plays a prominent role, officials said.

The ShotSpotter system, which uses global positioning technology to fix where shots were fired, and the characteristics of the weapon, helped D.C. police capture a man accused of killing a landscaper working in Anacostia in October 2006, according to police officials. If the first-degree murder case against Lankward Harrington makes it to trial in October, it will become the first time the company will provide expert testimony in a murder trial, ShotSpotter officials said.

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