I read about D'Andre's appeal while I was on vacation but wasn't spending a lot of time online. I hope and pray that DL's appeal is denied. He was convicted by a jury of his peers who recognized the significance of forensic findings in the case. :moo:
January 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm
Use of cadaver dogs at core of murder appeal
'You can't cross-examine a dog,' defense attorney says
By Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News
Detroit — Did a dog send D'Andre Lane to prison?
The defense team for the Detroit father convicted with evidence provided by a cadaver-sniffing dog in the killing of his missing toddler says it's possible — and they don't think it's fair.
The circumstantial case against Lane is the first in Michigan and one of few for the country in which the novel forensic science has been admitted for trial, renewing the call for national forensic standards and sparking debate between law enforcement agencies and lawyers, especially in cases — like Lane's — when the dog detects decomposition but no remains are found.
Lane's case is being appealed; the cadaver dog findings will be among the issues raised...
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130126/METRO/301260361#ixzz2JfTZ1n6k
December 4, 2012 at 1:00 am
Convicted Detroit dad slams judge, disrupts court
By Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News
Detroit D'Andre Lane insisted Monday that he didn't murder or abuse his missing toddler daughter and called a judge a "liar" for ordering him to prison for life.
"My daughter is alive. She's missing, she will be found," Lane said in his plea to Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda R. Evans before she imposed the sentence.
"It's easy to point the finger at me. We will correct every wrong that's taken place in this system," he added...
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121204/METRO01/212040344#ixzz2E5vw4gMW
The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the murder conviction of a Detroit man whose 2-year-old daughter has not been found.
The court says there was “sufficient circumstantial evidence” to support D’Andre Lane’s convictions. He was charged with first-degree child abuse and murder committed during another felony.
In a 3-0 decision last week, the appeals court rejected challenges to evidence introduced at trial.
Cadaver dogs allegedly sniffed out human decomposition in the seat, and in Lane’s home, though there was no blood or DNA evidence tied to the death. Lane said it was just an old house and used car seat...
"I think if he was Deanna Lane from the suburbs of Detroit who happened to be a white lady, the outcome would have been different,” Johnson said.
“I think (racism) had a big part to do with it,” he added of the conviction, later saying, “The overall makeup of the jury was not the issue as much as it was the perception that here we have a man, seven kids by seven women — what does that really to do with the missing of his daughter Bianca Jones? The jury heard testimony from someone, her testimony was literally, she got up and testified to the fact Deandre wanted Bianca to have an abortion. What does that have to do with the missing 2-year-old toddler?”
2014 Court opinion:
DETROIT - In December 2011, 2-year-old Bianca Jones disappeared.
Her father, D'andre Lane, told police he was carjacked and the baby was in the back seat when the car was taken. The vehicle was recovered, but Bianca wasn't. Nine months after the disappearance, he was convicted of murder.
However, Bianca's body was never found. Six years later, more than half a dozen people, including Bianca's mother and three eyewitnesses, have come forward to say that they believe she is still alive.
https://www.clickondetroit.com/news...ing-for-child-6-years-after-her-disappearanceSeveral people claim they saw Bianca alive after she was allegedly killed. The baby's cousin claims he saw her the next morning, while a retired Detroit police officer said she saw the child alive eight days later.
"This child is alive and I'm telling you she is," retired officer Niki Gibbs said.
A private investigator said he also saw Bianca, nine months after her supposed death.
"I recognized her right off the bat," Mike Salisbury said.
Jones continues to plead for the public and police to keep an eye out for Bianca, who would be 8 today.
Police and prosecutors still believe that Bianca is dead and that her father killed her, while her family believes she is alive and wants help finding her.