Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston has seated an external citizen committee to oversee inventory and review of recently discovered unprocessed evidence that has been stored in the Medical Examiner’s Office for up to
The members are Buddy Perry, retired Judge, 12th Judicial District of Tennessee; Hugh Moore, former civil rights prosecutor, US Department of Justice; Lee Davis, former Hamilton County prosecutor; Professor Dwight Aarons, University of Tennessee College of Law; and Eddie Holmes, past president of the Chattanooga NAACP.
General Pinkston established the committee to supervise the process of ensuring conviction integrity in an unknown number of prosecuted homicides that have unanalyzed evidence.
The DA is drafting a proposal for conducting the evidence inventory. That proposal will be submitted to the committee for review by the end of this month. Once the committee finalizes a protocol, it will be followed to account for all of the unprocessed evidence.
“We anticipate the inventory process will be lengthy but hope it will be finished by the end of this year,” Pinkston said. “In the meantime, any defendant convicted of a homicide between the years 1986 and 2002 wanting to know if his or her case has unanalyzed evidence should contact our office at (423) 209-7400.
Source: District Attorney General Neal Pinkston