A Plea for Polygraph Results to Be Accepted By the Courts
Do you understand the law when it comes to polygraph results being used in the legal system? Learn about how one attorney is fighting for his clients polygraph results to be considered.
According to an article at exponent-telegram.com, “The Legal System and Polygraph Testing”
“The attorneys for one of the defendants in an alleged Lewis County double homicide want a magistrate to consider their client’s results on a polygraph exam.
The prosecution is adamantly opposing the request made on behalf of defendant Charles S. Freeman, 51, of Archbold, Ohio.
Freeman, his brother-in-law, David Martin Hughes, 58, also of Archbold, and Joseph Metz, 39, of Horner, are each facing two counts of murder, kidnapping and robbery.
The three are accused in the alleged Dec. 1, 1999, slayings of Metz’s mother, Mary Friend, 46, and his grandmother, Maxine Stalnaker, 69, both of Jane Lew. The missing person’s case changed to a homicide investigation this fall when the three men were arrested.
The polygraph examiner selected by the defense to test Freeman on Oct. 16 was Morris E. Ragus of Pittsburgh.
During a pre-test interview, Freeman said he was working for Hughes, who at that time owned a Jane Lew motel, restaurant and store business called the Wilderness Plantation, according to Ragus’ report.
According to Ragus, Freeman said he didn’t know Stalnaker or Friend, and that he first learned of the women’s disappearance after a trip in which had been working in the company’s limousine service.
Metz was a cook at the restaurant, and Freeman later found out Friend was Metz’s mother, Ragus wrote in the report.
During the polygraph exam, Freeman answered “no” to a question on whether he caused the deaths, Ragus reported. Freeman also answered “no” to questions asking if he was present when Stalnaker and Friend were killed, and for the disposal of their bodies, Ragus reported. No deception was indicated in the examination, Ragus reported.”To read the entire article click here.
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