Renee Odums says she still can't believe her son will spend the rest of his life in prison. Almost as bad, she says, is the feeling that prosecutors were allegedly withholding evidence.
"I felt horrible because -- for one -- It was not a fair trial," Renee Odums said. "There were a lot of things that were done during the trial, you know what I'm saying, that were not right."
Ms. Odums is referring to a made-up crime lab report hidden within the state's files during trial, a document that raises questions about the lengths one detective went for a confession.
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The form, which has a firearms analyst's name on it, said the crime lab had found Odoms' DNA in a shoe print in the snow. The lab doesn't even conduct that kind of testing.
"It validates all the feelings I've had about this legal system," defense attorney J. Antonio Florence said. "I'm slowly, sadly losing hope there's any justice to be found, whatever that word means."
Odums' attorney calls the falsification a black-eye for the district attorney's office. Prosecutors say it was a bold, imaginative prop that was never actually used with the suspect.
"He murdered somebody for $50. He's a drug dealer who killed somebody for $50 worth of drug money. That's where the soul-searching in our community needs to be," ADA Jason Brown said.
Judge John Mosely denied Odums' motion for new trial, and the district attorney's office assured crime lab authorities detectives will not copy their forms or signatures in the future.
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