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Oregon Supreme Court orders new trial for Samuel Adam Lawson

 
Steve Duin, The OregonianBy Steve Duin, The Oregonian The Oregonian
on November 29, 2012 at 9:01 AM, updated November 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM 

In a groundbreaking decision, the Oregon Supreme Court Thursday ordered a new trial for Samuel Adam Lawson — convicted in the 2003 murder of Noris Hilde at an Umpqua National Forest campground — and established new procedures for determining the admissibility of eyewitness identification evidence.

Lawson, 37, was convicted largely on the problematic eyewitness testimony of Sherl Hilde, who did not identify him as her husband’s killer until two years after the crime.  He has spent the last nine years in custody.

Hilde — who was critically injured in the late-night shooting that killed her husband —  was aided in her identification of Lawson by Douglas County Det. Chris Merrifield, the lead investigator in…

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