Edward Lee Elmore: State misconduct and finally free after 30 years on death row

Edward Lee Elmore was convicted for the murder of an elderly widow, and has spent 30 years on South Carolina’s death row. His lawyers have revealed how primary evidence (hair found on the victim and said to be Elmore’s) had been tampered with by investigators, and later concealed by the state officials. This evidence had been ‘lost’. When found and retested, the hair was proven not to be Elmore’s. A retrial was ordered. However, in response to a prosecutorial plea deal, Elmore has pled guilty in exchange for his freedom.

Elmore has been set free, but the state’s conduct in this entire case (even the plea deal itself) leaves one with a strong sense of discomfort.



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