The above prints related to a case from 1996. The body
of a middle-aged spinster Marion Ross was found in her home in Kilmarnock, Scotland. The Strathclyde Police undertook the
investigation and search of the crime scene.
Some latent prints were collected from the crime scene. A suspect named David
Asbury, who had done some repairs in Miss Ross’ home some years earlier, was an early suspect. A small decorative tin that
originally came with individually wrapped candy was found in his home. The tin depicted a scene of a horse drawn carriage.
Subsequently, a latent on the tin from suspect Asbury’s home was identified as having been made by the victim Ross and
one latent on a Christmas gift tag from the murder scene was identified for Asbury. He was arrested and charged with murder.
This was the only physical evidence used against him in trial: his print on the tag at the scene and the victim’s print on
the tin at his home. The Strathclyde Police do not employ latent print examiners and utilize the services of the Scottish
Criminal Records Office (SCRO). Four SCRO experts endorsed the report for the two latent print identifications.
the SCRO examiners were eliminating the remaining unidentified latents, one latent from inside the crime scene was identified
as having been made by a Detective Constable Shirley McKie. The fingerprint evidence in the Asbury case was thrown into doubt
when Detective Constable McKie testified that she had not been inside the Ross home, in spite of the “fact” that her fingerprint
had been identified there. This concerned the same four SCRO experts.
Despite this doubt, Asbury was found guilty of murder
and sentenced to life.
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