Last edited by Buck Ewer; 08-27-14 at 06:27 PM.
You should also note that the accused is innocent until proven guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt. His testimony and the facts that can be verified are just as relevant. Eyewitness testimony has been proven unreliable which is why it's no longer the valuable evidence that it once was.
What witnesses saw is weighed no more heavily than who saw it. Keep in mind too that his friend had just participated in a robbery with Brown - at least according to what he & his lawyer said, which makes him an unreliable witness.
However it is shown that the eye witnessess that stated Brown was shot in the back was false
Expert: Autopsy Reveals Eyewitness Accounts That Brown Was Shot In Back Are ‘False’ « CBS St. Louis
Although there were no wounds to the victim's back, per se, they explained how at least one of the wounds on Browns forearm could have been received while he was moving away from Wilson.
They made it clear that this wound coming from behind could not be ruled out.
It doesn't make as good a headline when all the facts are explained, but that is the truth of the matter.
Trial by Fire
Our memories are not set in stone, at all. They are fluid. They can change with what we believe. In fact, they can in fact just simply be formed from the start from what we expect to see instead of what actually happened.The witnesses’ testimony also grew more damning after authorities had concluded, in the beginning of January, 1992, that Willingham was likely guilty of murder. In Diane Barbee’s initial statement to authorities, she had portrayed Willingham as “hysterical,” and described the front of the house exploding. But on January 4th, after arson investigators began suspecting Willingham of murder, Barbee suggested that he could have gone back inside to rescue his children, for at the outset she had seen only “smoke coming from out of the front of the house”—smoke that was not “real thick.”
An even starker shift occurred with Father Monaghan’s testimony. In his first statement, he had depicted Willingham as a devastated father who had to be repeatedly restrained from risking his life. Yet, as investigators were preparing to arrest Willingham, he concluded that Willingham had been too emotional (“He seemed to have the type of distress that a woman who had given birth would have upon seeing her children die”); and he expressed a “gut feeling” that Willingham had “something to do with the setting of the fire.”
False Memory - Psychology - About.com
False Memories: When Your Brain Makes Stuff Up | TIME.com
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