Hyde Park, Vermont - November 8, 2007
A man charged with the rape and murder of a woman in Stowe has lost his bid to have incriminating evidence thrown out. Two years ago, Howard Godfrey was charged with the 1991 rape and murder of Patricia Scoville. A routine FBI computer check matched Godfrey's DNA to evidence from the crime scene.
Godfrey claimed the authorities illegally collected his DNA in 1998 for a prior crime. He also said his Miranda rights were violated during police interviews and wanted the incriminating statements thrown out.
But Judge Dennis Pearson rejected the request in a written ruling issued Wednesday and the evidence will be allowed at Godfrey's upcoming trial.
Brian Joyce - WCAX News