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Trial hinges on dying man's gesture ID'ing gunman

6:24 PM, Aug 11, 2012   |    comments
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CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio jury will study a videotape of a dying man's eye blinks before deciding whether he used them to identify his killer.

The unusual evidence for the upcoming murder trial of Ricardo Woods in the 2010 shooting of David Chandler in Cincinnati will be key for the prosecution.

Jurors will see a videotaped interview of Chandler. Authorities say it shows the man paralyzed from wounds to his neck and head identifying Woods as his shooter by blinking at certain times for yes and no. Woods' attorney says the blinks were unreliable.

Legal experts say dying identifications relying on gestures rather than words are often not used in trials because of unreliability or differing interpretations. But some have led to murder convictions.

A hearing Monday could determine the trial date. It had originally been scheduled for this week.

The Associated Press

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