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Christopher Leach Case

The murders of Daniel Leach and Betty Sharp

Of the more than 300 cases I have analyzed over the last twenty years, this case represents the most bizarre and disturbing. The defendant, Christopher Leach, was alleged by the prosecution to have murdered his brother, Daniel Leach, sister-in-law, Betty Sharp, and acted alone. Christopher had motive to commit the homicides and according to the prosecution theory entered the home of the victims, committed the homicides and quickly left. However, the analysis of the crime scenes shows that the assailant or assailants did not quickly leave the scene after the homicides. As will be seen by the crime scene analyses, there were likely two or more assailants who remained at the scene for a time after the homicides, removed evidence (shotgun casings and a bloody cloth) and at least one personal item of the victims.

The prosecution's case was flawed in practically every aspect. The gunshot residue evidence, as presented to the jury, was totally wrong. The crime scene processing was incredibly flawed. The prosecution's crime scene expert ignored evidence he participated generating in his reconstruction. That reconstruction can only be described as infantile.

The behavior of the Christopher Leach's defense attorney, Linell Sanchez, was the most bizarre I have ever experienced. It appears to me that Mr. Sanchez did not have the interest of his client in his defense. Despite my generating a large amount of exculpatory evidence, Mr. Sanchez refused to put me on the stand. Mr. Sanchez also requested that I stop my investigation early on; claiming there was no more compensation available for me to complete my analysis, despite Mr. Leach being indigent. My compensation would have been through the Court. Ethically, I cannot and will not stop an investigation midway due to a sudden lack of compensation. I completed my analysis pro bono.

The defendant, Christopher Leach, was convicted of the murder of his brother, Daniel Leach, and sister-in-law, Betty Sharp. He is now serving two life terms without the possibility of parole. This is the first time I have publically expressed this opinion: Mr. Leach did not receive a fair trial. Exculpatory evidence was suppressed by the defense attorney, Linell Sanchez.

On top of all this, Mr. Sanchez called me when I originally posted all my reports on this website claiming my work product was covered by a nondisclosure agreement and he was threatened by the law firm of one of the victims with a lawsuit if I did not remove it. This was followed by Mr. Sanchez threatening me with a lawsuit if I did not remove my posts. A consultation with my attorney resulted in the conclusion that I would be liable if I did not comply. This legal assessment means that a civil issue trumps evidence of at the least gross incompetence by both the prosecution and defense in a homicide case. All the names and locations cited in these reports are fictitious.

Bryan Burnett

The Probable Cause Narrative by the prosecution against Christopher Leach

The analysis of the gunshot residue evidence in People v. Christopher Leach RESIDUE LEACH.pdf

The crime scene analysis of the murder of Betty Sharp SHARP HOMICIDE.pdf

The crime scene analysis of Daniel Leach, Part I 1 LEACH HOMICIDE.pdf

The crime scene analysis of Daniel Leach, Part II 2 LEACH HOMICIDE.pdf

The crime scene analysis of Daniel Leach, Part III 3 LEACH HOMICIDE.pdf


















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