When her remains were unearthed from a southwestern Ontario grave nine months ago, there was no evidence capable of generating a DNA profile, the 21st-century's benchmark for guilt or innocence.
Five decades later he was exonerated. For nearly five decades, Steven Truscott lived under the shadow of a wrongful murder conviction. Steven Murray Truscott was a popular, athletic teenager who lived with his parents in the southwestern Ontario town of Clinton.
Inat the age of 14, he was wrongly convicted of killing his year-old schoolmate Lynne Harper. Not until five decades later was he finally exonerated. Lynne Harper Murder On the evening of 9 June several witnesses saw Steven Truscott cycling with Lynne Harper through the countryside — Truscott carrying her on the handlebars of his bicycle.
Truscott became an immediate suspect. Police found details of his account deceptive and promptly arrested Truscott for murder. With a population of just 3, Clinton — located near Lake Huron about km west of Toronto — was divided evenly between long-time local residents and military families who worked at Canadian Forces Base Clinton, a nearby radar-training base.
Both the Truscott and Harper families belonged to the military community.
Steven Truscott, born in Vancouver on 18 Januarywas the son of a non-commissioned air force officer, Dan, and his wife Doris. They had arrived in Clinton ina year before the Harper family was transferred there. The abduction and murder traumatized the community to a point where Truscott was denied bail.
The Crown also succeeded in having his upcoming trial transferred to adult court, ensuring that Truscott could be potentially sentenced to either life imprisonment or execution. The prosecution case was based on an assertion that Harper was a cautious girl who did not hitchhike.
It alleged that Truscott sexually assaulted Harper, strangled her with her blouse and then arranged a few tree branches to partially cover her remains.
The prosecution highlighted a series of seemingly inconsistent statements Truscott had made in his statements to police, as well as the existence of a mysterious abrasion on his penis. It also questioned why Truscott did not reveal until at least a day after Harper disappeared that he had seen her get into a Chevrolet at the spot where her left her on Highway 8.
Finally, it cited evidence that fresh bicycle tire tracks were found leading along the tractor path to the body site. Truscott repeated his assertion to police that he had seen Lynne picked up by a Chevrolet with an out-of-province licence plate. Timing was critical to the case.
Pathologist John Penistan, who conducted an autopsy of the victim, testified that her half-digested stomach contents revealed that Lynne had died between 7: This narrow window of opportunity proved to be damning evidence against Truscott, since it was certain that he had been with her during that time.
The brief window also lessened the possibility of a stranger having picked Lynne up on the highway and driven her back across the bridge toward the tractor path where she died.
The trial featured a good deal of testimony from children who had been playing under the bridge that evening and saw Truscott with Harper. Truscott was found guilty on 30 September His conviction and the imposition of a death sentence caused a significant public clamour.
A year later, the federal government commuted his sentence to life imprisonment with a year parole eligibility period. The Trial of Steven Truscott made a detailed case for the young man having been railroaded by careless police officers and a vindictive prosecution.
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She was also critical of the manner in which statements from underage witnesses were obtained and used by the Crown. A special reference to the Supreme Court of Canada led to the case being re-examined in ; however, the Supreme Court ruled that his case had been justly decided.
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He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was sentenced for death in for the murder of Lynne Harper. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and he continued to maintain his innocence until , when his conviction was declared a miscarriage of justice and he was formally acquitted of the crime.
Jun 02, · Steven Truscott; Canada's ever-haunting Steven Truscott murder case lands on the stage (Innocence Lost; Playwrite Beverly Cooper; Soulpepper) decades after year-old Lynne harper was murdered in a small Ontario town: Maija Kappler notes how, in part, Steven Truscott was wrongly convicted - and sentenced to death - on "science that has since.
Steven Truscott Steven Truscott was a Canadian man. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was sentenced for death in for the murder of Lynne Harper. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and he continued to maintain his innocence until , when his conviction was declared a miscarriage of justice and he .
The Ontario Court of Appeal has acquitted Steven Truscott of murder in the death of Lynne Harper 48 years ago, saying the conviction was a miscarriage of justice. In a ruling Tuesday, a five-judge.
Through the Truscott case there are many witnesses, some defending Truscotts’ case, some against him. Jocelyne Gaudet was an important child witness to testify against Steven, but police notes exposed to view fissures in her story.