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July 2010 , Page 34 

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The Precarious Use of Forensic Psychology As Evidence: The Timothy Masters Case

By Frank S. Perri, Terrance G. Lichtenwald

There have been incidences where juries relied on my opinion and in the aftermath, those [opinions] were not supported by evidence.1
Forensic Psychologist Dr. Reid Meloy

With the assistance of his post-conviction attorneys David Wymore and Maria Liu, Timothy Masters was successful in getting all homicide charges against him dropped after he spent over nine years in a Colorado prison for the murder of Peggy Hettrick. While his conviction was based in large part on faulty forensic psychological testimony introduced at trial, his freedom resulted from the prosecution’s review of new DNA evidence pointing to other suspects. The Masters case can be characterized as a series of disasters, beginning with a homicide detective who contacted internationally renowned forensic psychologist Dr. Reid Meloy to help him construct an arrest warrant based on Meloy’s opinion that drawings by Masters reflected his motive to kill Hettrick.

The series of disasters ended with a conv

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