State Of Florida’s False Narrative Denied Tommy Zeigler A New Trial
At Zeigler’s 1976 trial the state put forth a theory that Zeigler held his father-in-law, Perry Edwards Sr. in a headlock and bashed his head in with a linoleum roll crank handle and that is why Edwards blood was on Zeigler’s shirt. The trial prosecutor even demonstrated how Zeigler held Mr. Edwards in a headlock and swung the crank handle.
Years later in a national television documentary, the prosecutions blood expert Dr. Herb MacDonell re-enacted the demonstration that state attorney Bob Eagan did at trial for the Zeigler jury in 1976. Click here to see the re-enactment.
State Attorney Jeff Ashton State’s Blood Expert On Zeigler Case
Twenty five years later limited DNA testing in 2002 found no blood from Edwards on Zeigler’s shirt. Accordingly, Zeigler’s attorney requested a new trial at a hearing in December 2004.
At the close of the 2004 hearing the assistant state attorney Jeff Ashton who has been on the Zeigler case for years, argued that the blood evidence did not change anything because Zeigler was convicted for other reasons. Ashton argued, among other things, that Zeigler was convicted because his fingerprint was found inside of a ripped off latex glove tip that was found on the floor at the scene of the crime, and that Zeiger had secretly purchased life insurance on his wife Eunice. Apparently Judge Whitehead believed Ashton’s argument because he denied Zeigler a new trial.
Neither the fingerprint nor the secretly purchased insurance statements were true. These damning statements went un-refuted by Zeigler’s attorney because he was not at the trial and apparently had not studied the trial transcript. Unfortunately, Zeigler’s attorney mistakenly relied on professional ethics that are supposed to keep attorneys from lying to a judge.
There is no evidence that Zeigler’s fingerprint was in the glove tip and plenty of evidence that Zeigler’s family and his family lawyer knew he was purchasing the life insurance and had actually advised him to do so.
This false narrative devised by the state effectively denied any chance Zeigler would get a new trial.
The state of Florida’s false narrative denied Zeigler a new trial.
This false narrative fits right in with the tactics used to convict and keep Zeigler on death row for 39 years.
Adding Insult To Injury
Orlando State Attorney Jeff Ashton also used the testimony of the Dr. Herb MacDonell claiming in open court that Tommy Zeigler performed a sex act on the dead body of the ” killer robber” found dead on the floor of the Zeigler store, Charlie Mays, who the state claimed was just an innocent bystander. Now the Dr. Herbert Leon MacDonell who claimed falsely that Tommy’s Zeigler is a man of the ” A/C D/C persuasion,” has been arrested on charges of being a sexpert and a sextortionist of young girls in New York. There are victims of Dr. Herb MacDonell’s molestation on the record from 1968 through 2012. Dr. MacDonell’s own niece Ms. Karen Austin, recently filed an affidavit in support of DNA testing for Mr. Zeigler. Her affidavit is located on the homepage of this website. In it she describes the crime her Uncle Herbert committed upon her in 1968. E-mails from her Uncle are included in the exhibits attached to her recently filed affidavit in support of DNA testing for Tommy Zeigler, with the Orange County, Florida court. Karen Austin is a respected child advocate who has been working in the court system in Washington for almost 30 years. Here’s the prosecution’s blood experts mug shot.