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“After talking to Tommy Zeigler for the period of time that I did and assessing all of the other information that I had, it was my professional opinion that Tommy Zeigler was telling the truth. And that in fact, he had walked into probably an armed robbery in progress, or that was staged for his benefit, and that he was in fact the victim.”
— John J. Palmatier, Ph.D., Head Examiner for the Michigan State Police, who administered a polygraph to Tommy Zeigler for the show Unsolved Mysteries (1997).
“I’d have to vote not guilty at this point.”
— Leigh McEachern, former Chief Deputy Sheriff Orange County Sheriff’s Office, As to whether Tommy Zeigler is guilty or innocent:
“Actually I think the whole complicated case can be condensed as follows: Police and prosecutors had to choose between a man whose truck was found at the murder scene, who was in the possession of the principal murder weapon and whose friend admitted to buying the others, and whose movements before and after the crime are unverifiable and highly suspect, and another who ended up with a .38 caliber bullet wound in the abdomen — and they chose to make the first their prime witness for the prosecution.”
— Phillip Finch, author – Fatal Flaw: A True Story of Malice and Murder in a Small Southern Town
“The State Attorney Buried The Original Police Report And Used Misleading Sworn Testimony For The Grand Jury And The Trial If the original police report had been made available to us as it should have been, Chief Bobby Thompson’s observation (written within an hour of being at the scene) that all the blood on Tommy was dry would have clearly supported Tommy’s innocence. This is a classic example of prosecutorial misconduct and abuse of the justice system to mislead and pervert the outcome. This is not a search for the true perpetrator. This is an all out effort by the State to win a conviction even after finding out as early as the grand jury stage that the facts indicate that the wrong man is being charged.”
— Vernon Davids, Defense Co-counsel
“Jellison, a tourist at the motel behind the Zeigler store, told the State Attorneys investigators that at 8:30 pm he saw a policeman, gun drawn, hunkered down behind the store. At 9:00 he heard shots. The State Attorney hid the tape of the interview until after the time expired for admitting evidence in Zeigler’s case.”
— Unsolved Mysteries (1997)
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