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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Kyles v. Whitley
Citation:514 U.S. 419 (1995)
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The record indicates that, at about 2:20 P.M. on Thursday, September 20, 1984, 60-year-old Dolores Dye left the Schwegmann Brothers’ store on Old Gentilly Road in New Orleans after doing some food shopping. As she put her grocery bags into the trunk of her red Ford LTD, a man accosted her and after a short struggle drew a revolver, fired into her left temple, and killed her. The gunman took Dye’s keys and drove away in the LTD. Several men were deemed as suspects by the police and the lead detective on the case, John Dillman, put together a photo lineup that included a photograph of Kyles and showed the array to five of the six eyewitnesses who had given statements. Three of them picked the photograph of Kyles; the other two could not confidently identify Kyles as Dye’s assailant. Kyles was indicted for first-degree murder. Before trial, his counsel filed a motion for disclosure by the State of any exculpatory or impeachment evidence. The prosecution responded that there was no exculpatory evidence of any nature, despite the government’s knowledge of the evidentiary items in dispute.
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