Arizona Innocence Project Research at NAU May Help Clear a Convicted Man’s Name
to research by the Arizona Innocence
Project at Northern Arizona University (NAU), a Prescott man has a chance
to clear his name after spending nine years in prison for a crime he says he
years ago, a Prescott teen was fatally shot in the head. It happened near the
home of Jay Krause, who was out in his yard near his chicken coop looking for
animals that had been killing his eight-year-old son’s chickens. An accidental
discharge of the weapon led to Krause being convicted of manslaughter.
a judge has granted Krause an evidentiary hearing. It could call into question
the evidence in the case, which could vacate his guilty verdict.
Arizona Innocence Project, a team of undergraduate and graduate NAU students who
investigate inmates’ claims of wrongful conviction, took a closer look at each
piece of the evidence and discounted it, including
- Composite Bullet Lead
Analysis, a forensic technique now discredited by the FBI and
- The angle of the bullet
Krause was supposed to have fired from his rifle. The Innocence Project concluded
there was no possible way it could have come from Krause’s location. He would
have had to be suspended mid-air.
said he knows in his heart that he did not kill the teen. He has already served
his prison sentence, but Krause still wants his name cleared—not for him, but
for his son.
that’s a rough thing to lose," Krause said. "A lot of people don’t
--Adapted from articles
by Mary Tomasch and Steve Irvin, www.abc15.com