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  • 1. State v. Mitchell
    • Defense
  • 2. “ When you hear hoofbeats, think Horses, not Zebras”
  • 3. Joe Mitchell Murdered Leslie Thompson ... Except that we don’t actually know what happened...
  • 4. ... Beyond a Reasonable Doubt...
  • 5. Joe Mitchell Murdered Leslie Thompson ... Except that we don’t actually know what happened...
  • 6. ... Except that we don’t actually know what happened...
  • 7. The State Can Not Demonstrate... ... Beyond a Reasonable Doubt ... ... Joe Mitchell’s Guilt.
  • 8. But What Did Happen?
  • 9. September 10, 2009 Leslie Thompson leaves for the movies 7:00 pm Leslie’s movie ends 9:40 pm Leslie’s leaves the theater 9:45 pm Leslie Thompson Deceased 10:00 pm
  • 10. September 10, 2009 Leslie Thompson Deceased 10:00 pm 10:45 pm Police Arrive at Porter’s Boarding House [ Time in Question ]
  • 11. September 10, 2009 Joe Mitchell leaves Porter’s Joe arrives at Thompson Residence Joe departs Thompson Residence Joe arrives at Palace Theater 7:15 pm 7:30 pm 7:35 pm 7:45 pm
  • 12. Joe goes to Silver Dollar Bar Joe goes to Ravenna’s Joe leaves to Ravenna’s Joe returns to Porter’s 9:30 pm 9:40 pm 9:55 pm 8:30 pm
  • 13. “ The Shadow” begins Joe asks Porter for aspirin 10:00 pm 10:30 pm 10:45 pm Police arrive at Porter’s Boarding House
  • 14. “ The Shadow” begins Joe asks Porter for aspirin 10:00 pm 10:30 pm 10:45 pm Police arrive at Porter’s Boarding House [ Time in Question ]
  • 15. What Do They Say Happen?
  • 16. 1. 1. Climbed up main stairs
  • 17. 2. 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room
  • 18. 3. 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape
  • 19. 4. 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard
  • 20. 5. 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard 5. Drove to Thompson’s
  • 21. 6. 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard 5. Drove to Thompson’s 6. Knew that Leslie was home
  • 22. 7. 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard 5. Drove to Thompson’s 6. Knew that Leslie was home 7. Shot Leslie
  • 23. 8. 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard 5. Drove to Thompson’s 6. Knew that Leslie was home 7. Shot Leslie 8. Drove back to Porter’s
  • 24. 9. 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard 5. Drove to Thompson’s 6. Knew that Leslie was home 7. Shot Leslie 8. Drove back to Porter’s 9. Parked car, Unheard
  • 25. 10 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard 5. Drove to Thompson’s 6. Knew that Leslie was home 7. Shot Leslie 8. Drove back to Porter’s 9. Parked car, Unheard 10. Climbed back up fire escape
  • 26. 11 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard 5. Drove to Thompson’s 6. Knew that Leslie was home 7. Shot Leslie 8. Drove back to Porter’s 9. Parked car, Unheard 10. Climbed back up fire escape 11. Put on dry clothes
  • 27. 12 1. Climbed up main stairs 2. Went into his room 3. Climbed down fire escape 4. Got in Car, Unheard 5. Drove to Thompson’s 6. Knew that Leslie was home 7. Shot Leslie 8. Drove back to Porter’s 9. Parked car, Unheard 10. Climbed back up fire escape 11. Put on dry clothes 12. Went to get aspirin
  • 28. But How Else Could it Have Happened?
  • 29. 1. 1. Brooke Thompson met her step-daughter at the door with a .38 Caliber Bullet
  • 30. Inconsistencies tencies
  • 31. Brooke Thompson
    • The ONLY witness
    • Habit of bad investments
    • Thompson received double on life insurance
    • Strange behavior after daughter’s death
    Joe Mitchell
    • Belief that career was blooming
    • Tried multiple times to get wife to return home
    • Cooperated with Police without hesitation
  • 32. Brooke Thompson
    • Owns a .38 Caliber Gun
    • Known to Shoot a .38
    • .38 Missing
    • Police could not test
    • No Paraffin tests
    Joe Mitchell
    • Owns a .38 Caliber Gun
    • Known to Shoot a .38
    • .38 Found in Apartment
    • Found .38 showed no signs of being fired
    • Paraffin tests showed no indication that Joe fired a gun
  • 33. Joe Mitchell Murdered Leslie Thompson
  • 34. The State Can Not Demonstrate... Beyond a Reasonable Doubt ... Joe Mitchell’s Guilt.
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