Harvey Windsor was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Rayford Howard and Randal Pepper.
Both were shot by Lavon Guthrie and an accomplice on February 25, 1988.
The question in this case is the identity of the accomplice.
Harvey Windsor was convicted on the basis of
(a) An obviously dubious eyewitness identification placing him with Lavon Guthrie on the day of the murder.
(b) An invalid fingerprint identification. The state’s fingerprint expert, Ms. Carol Curlee, “made only one fingerprint identification of Mr. Windsor, that on the cigarette butt. On cross-examination Ms. Curlee admitted that this was only a partial print, and that she could not recall how many ‘points’ of similarity there were between that print and Mr. Windsor’s file prints.”
( from the appeal ruling ).
- Two alibi witnesses testified that Harvey Windsor was in fact elsewhere at the time of the second crime.
- Other eyewitnesses failed to identify Harvey Windsor as the accomplice, and gave descriptions that did not match him.