Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Super Sniffer!

by blogger mem

We all know that the police often use cadaver dogs to locate potential dead bodies, but did you know that they also use dogs to identify criminals? Apparently, scent dogs are often used to match suspects with forensic evidence found at crime scenes. In this article, however, The Innocence Project of Texas is claiming that some of these wonder dogs are responsible for wrongful arrests.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Deputy Keith Pickett and his dogs are being named specifically, citing that his methods are flawed. Curvis Bickham claims to have been falsely accused, and was arrested and charged with murder because of Pickett's dogs. The following video explains further.

“I saw Pickett with an extremely tight leash on that dog. That dog was going where Pickett was going. When Pickett stopped, the dog stopped,” said Dr. Larry Myers, consultant for The Innocence Project.

Though the charges against Bickham have been dismissed and he has been released, he reportedly lost everything because of this case.


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Anonymous said...

It seems that this is a bad case, however I wonder how many people were really wrongfully arrested due to the inaccuracy of the dogs. Also, what would the motive be for the dog to be "lead" to that particular person.- MMT

Anonymous said...

This case probably caught the attention of many other people involved in cases where there was a conviction as a result of K-9 support in the line up process. I think that K-9s should only be used to "sniff" out fugitives, find kidnap victims, and things like that. -NKP

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