Discredited alibi

The husband’s alibi depended on the victim’s iPad. He claimed that he could hear her iPad in the recreation room playing a yoga video at the time of her “accident” on the morning of March 3, 2014. A forensic examination of the iPad showed that the device had been used to play a yoga video that morning. Therefore, LBPD Homicide Detective Todd Johnson wrongly concluded that the victim had been doing yoga while watching a video at the time of her “accident.”

Digital media evidence recovered from the victim’s house contradicted the husband’s story. The last time that the victim was seen alive and well on camera — on the night of March 2, 2014 — she used her iPad at the kitchen hutch for several minutes. She walked away from the hutch, without her iPad, never again to be seen alive and well on camera. In the home-surveillance recordings seized by the police, no one was seen using the iPad or removing it from the hutch after the victim walked away.

LBPD homicide detectives found and photographed the victim’s iPad on the kitchen hutch exactly where she had left it — far away from the yoga room. If the iPad had ever been in the yoga room, who put it there? Who returned it to the hutch, and when?

Detective Johnson’s erroneous assumption that the victim was watching a yoga video on her iPad at the time of her “accident” was based on the say-so of the victim’s husband. The detective apparently ignored evidence that contradicted the husband’s story.

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