Wednesday, 07 November 2007 18:47
Death row inmate Glen Edward Chapmen will be retried for the
1993 murders of two Hickory women.
The order was signed by Superior Court Judge
Robert C. Ervin yesterday, who said in his ruling the cases’ investigators
Chapmen was convicted and sentenced to death for
the murders of Betty Jean Ramseur and Tenene Yvette Conley. Ramseur was
discovered in the crawl space of a residence that had been burned twice and
Conley was discovered in the closet of an abandoned residence.
In the judge’s order, Ervin detailed witness statements that
indicated Conley was seen alive after prosecutors said she was dead and several
other pieces of evidence that were not turned over. The only physical evidence
linking Chapmen to the deaths, according to the report, was the result of
consensual sex with Conley.
Among items alleged to have been mishandled was a
photo lineup. A witness was shown six photographs, and while that witness said
he had no difficulty identifying a man- investigators did not tell prosecutors
the witness identified someone else during the lineup, and all six photographs
are missing from the Hickory Police Department’s files and were never submitted