|Brett was arrested on September 10th, 1997 for the murder of
Winda D. Snipes. Brett was the person who discovered Winda,
and placed a series of 911 calls to report it.
Initially Brett was not the key suspect in this murder. It was only
his actions after finding her and how he reported it that placed a
shadow over his innocence, making him a convenient and instant
There was a jump to arrest and convict Brett which is shown by
the way the investigation was conducted, evidence was handled,
and the press releases made by the police department.
In fact, after Brett's arrest, but prior to Brett's indictment, deputy
Police Chief Michael Matulavich admitted during a press
conference that they did not have enough evidence to charge
Brett. That was until they thought they had found new evidence
that would break the case. They indicted Brett and then went to
collect this evidence. Even though this "big break" turned out to
be nothing, they had already indicted Brett and released it to the
media, they then went ahead with his trial.
When Brett went to trial he faced a prosecutor who was well
known to be overzealous, and would try to win at all costs. She
was also known to over indict, violate disclosure rules, withhold
evidence, and then target defense attorney's who opposed her.
Brett faced this with a defense team that did little to nothing to
defend him. Never asking or accepting Brett's side of events,
saying that they preferred to let the evidence tell them what
happened, and then relied on the "State's evidence" for trial.
The crux of the state's case relied on erroneous blood spatter
evidence in regard to Brett's tee shirt, and the testimony of a man
who has misrepresented his credentials, manipulated data, is
facing ethics charges, and under suspicion due to evidence that
had been altered while in his chain of custody.
In addition to this, the state also sites the jail house snitch
testimony as one of the key factors in Brett's conviction.
Testimony that was known to be perjured, yet difficult to show,
The state has also sited that Brett's DNA that was recovered
from the body, as was the second DNA test that was obtained
post conviction, as an indication of guilt, What they have avoided
was the fact that Brett did have consensual sex with the victim
prior to her death, she had been seen alive afterwards, and that
the second test showed that the time of death was tailored to
negate Brett's alibi and obtain a conviction.
What should also be of note is a watch and a knife found sitting
in plain view upon Brett's dresser. A watch that was entered into
evidence at trial as belonging to the victim, yet had never been
tested for DNA and was a common brand. A watch that has since
been, cleaned and released from evidence. The knife, a pocket
knife that was never connected to the murder.
The state's case not only contains circumstantial evidence, but
also includes, hidden exculpatory evidence, testimony that shows
deliberate misleading statements, perjured testimony, sloppy
investigation and processing of evidence.
Brett was sentenced to death May 22nd, 1998.
He has been given an execution date of November 13, 2012.
Continue to; Events That Led to Brett's Arrest page
|Brett Hartmann Case Synopsis