|There is new evidence in Brett's case that was hidden by the state
of Ohio and his attorneys at his trial. Bits of it are mentioned here,
or you can follow it by starting on the case synopsis page.
threaten the victim. The threats that he was a witness to are
exactly what happened, Two other neighbors reported and
testified, that they witnessed these types of exchanges between
the victim and this other person. That person also had access to
the buildings master keys. The man was questioned by detectives
and his home was searched. He provided an alibi for his
whereabouts on September 9, but only for the hours after 9 p.m.,
not the hours prior, when it appears Snipes was killed.
Also of note; another person was picked up for disposing of a knife
similar to what was believed to have been used in Winda's murder.
This person was given a polygraph test, but the results may have
been affected by the medications the person was prescribed for
mental health reasons.
(See Linda Skidmore Statement.)
There are phone records showing that he was there,making and
receiving calls from his home during the time of the crime. The
person who he had been talking to on the phone testified in court
to that effect. A family member was able to testify that they
witnessed him home at the time in question. Both of these
testimonies were discredited at trial when the coroner tailored his
testimony about the time of death, which we now have the
documents to show.
A "jail house snitch" was allowed to testify at Brett's trial. This
person "received reduced, or dropped charges for his cooperation
in a further matter of the state" after his testimony. His testimony at
trial did not match the crime. The state also sites this 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, until
(See Jail House Snitch / Informant Testimony.)
This shirt has been mentioned in many reports and news articles,
In fact, the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio
considered it the "crux" of the states case against Brett. We now
have documents to show this was bad science at trial.
More about this shirt can be found on the Blood Spatter page and
the Events page.
This has also been mentioned in many reports and news articles.
This watch, a common brand, was found sitting in plain view on
Brett's dresser and was never tested for DNA. It has since been
cleaned and released from evidence.
having his entire body photographed, which only showed as the
police described, a well healed scuff on his elbow. Nothing
consistent with an attack as brutal as the one Winda had suffered.
This also included taking a lie detector test.
When inquiries were made about the results of that test, the police"
claimed" that the machine had not been working properly.
the person who discovered the victim, called 911, and cooperated
voluntarily in all aspects thereafter. Yet there are new documents
showing fingerprints were found on numerous items, items that in
all likely hood were touched by the person who killed Winda. This
information and these documents were hidden at Brett's trial, along
with perjured testimony from Detectives saying in court that this
evidence was not collected. There would have been no reason to
hide this information if they had belonged to Brett or Winda. Some
evidence was not collected until a month later and much of what
had been collected has not been tested or made available to Brett's
that had acquitted a defendant of a murder charge. The victims
family then harassed several jury members following the not guilty
verdict. Defense counsel did not challenge the fact that this juror
remained, or the effect on the rest of the jury. Nor was the jury ever
informed that a single juror's negative vote could prevent a death
Justice Pfeiffer stated, "The record does not contain proof beyond
a reasonable doubt that a kidnapping occurred." "I would reverse
the kidnapping conviction and felony murder conviction and vacate
the sentence of death". Please note; if the death sentence were to
be vacated, an innocent man would still be imprisoned,and would
no longer have access to legal assistance. Nor does a death
sentence being vacated always remove the person from an
While the court may agree that Brett's defense council made
mistakes, they do not consider this "Gross Negligence". Yet Brett
may be executed due to these mistakes, many issues were not
brought up on appeal because of missed filing dates.
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crimes committed since Brett's arrest.
To answer that question, we have included this page.
|Brett Hartmann, Fast Facts