W.Va. High Court: Fire Science, Arson Advances Do Not Constitute New Evidence

(June 6, 2016, 12:57 PM EDT) -- CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The advancement in fire science and arson investigation over 20 years does not constitute newly discovered evidence, a majority of the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled June 2, upholding a conviction to a man for first-degree murder and arson based upon fire expert testimony (Samuel Anstey v. David Ballard, No. 15-0067, W.Va. Sup.; 2016 W. Va. LEXIS 428).

(Opinion available. Document #30-160610-022Z.)

On May 11, 1994, a grand jury for the Fayette County, W.Va., Circuit Court returned an indictment charging Samuel Anstey with...
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