A TEXAS APPEALS COURT has ruled that it was, indeed, legal to convict a woman of murder and sentence her to 25 years in prison, using evidence taken from her search engine history and police GPS tracking.
CNET’s Police Blotter reckons that homicidal Texas resident, Wendi Mae Davidson, can sit back in jail and relish the fact that she is now the first murderer ever convicted using both types of electronic tracking.
The case was opened on January 16, 2005 when Ms. Davidson informed her husband’s (Michael Severance) employer, the US Air Force, that he had gone missing. The Air Force and detectives from the San Angelo Police Department began to investigate and decided to start out by hiding a tracking device underneath Ms Davidson’s car. They tracked her as the device led them to an expensive ranch complete with a barn, horses, caravans, and ponds.
Meanwhile, by examining Davidson’s computer, police found that she had searched several dubious topics including how to pass a lie detector test and the phrase "decomposition of a body in water."
Sure enough, they found Michael Severance's body rotting away at the bottom of one of the ranch’s ponds, weighed down by a boat anchor. Post Mortem reports suggested that cause of death had involved poisoning with a mixture of phenobarbital and pentobarbital.
Davidson, who obviously hadn’t googled “how to lie convincingly” or "how to clear your browser cache" claimed that she had dumped the body to protect a mystery family member who was the real murderer. She didn’t convince the police though, who charged her with first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence. Despite appealing on the grounds of the 4th amendment (which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures), the court last week overturned her appeal and she will now have to serve out her 25 year prison sentence. µ
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