Sometimes, criminal cases rely heavily on eyewitness testimony because they do not have many other pieces of “hard” evidence, such as DNA or fingerprints, etc. Unfortunately, studies have shown that eyewitness testimony is not always the most reliable form of evidence because people do not tend to remember events in exact detail, and these details can even become skewed. A man was recently arrested in Massachusetts for assault and battery after the statements of witnesses purportedly led the police to him.
The local police responded to a call at around 7:30 p.m. concerning a disturbance. When the authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered that a man was lying in the road unconscious. The officers called an ambulance, and the man apparently suffered substantial head injuries. However, he is now reportedly in stable condition.
Eyewitnesses apparently told the officer that the man had been in an argument with another man, and the argument eventually turned violent. Who started the physical altercation is unclear, but the witnesses claim that the accused man hit the other man several times. How the police were able to locate the man is also unclear, but he was arrested and charged with assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Surely, if the possible testimony of eyewitnesses is all the evidence that the prosecution has against the man, it may not be enough. Prosecutors will likely need to present more evidence in a Massachusetts criminal courtroom. Furthermore, if they cannot present more evidence, it may affect the man’s assault and battery case. He will also have the opportunity to refute the allegations against him in the courtroom, including the right to challenge the admissibility of any physical evidence and to confront those witnesses offering testimony in support of the charges at trial.
Source: wggb.com, “Amherst Police Arrest Springfield Man on Assault Charges”, , June 23, 2014