St. Louis Prosecutors Office Caught Tampering With Evidence In McCloskey Case…Someone Going To Jail And It’s Not The McCloskey’s
Reports are coming out that a member of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff has tampered with evidence in the McCloskey case. The McCloskey’s were criminally charged for defending their home from protestors on Monday.
Local news station KSDK 5 is reporting:
The gun Patricia McCloskey waved at protesters was inoperable when it arrived at the St. Louis police crime lab, but a member of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff ordered crime lab experts to disassemble and reassemble it and wrote that it was “readily capable of lethal use” in charging documents filed Monday.
Missouri law requires that police and prosecutors must prove that a weapon is “readily” capable of lethal use when it is used in the type of crime the McCloskeys are being charged with.
Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered crime lab experts to field strip the firearm, reassemble it, and wrote it was “readily capable of lethal use.”
According to documents obtained by local station KSDK 5, when the firearm was field stripped it was discovered to be assembled incorrectly. The firearm was inoperable because the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward. The crime lab then reassembled the firearm correctly, test-fired it, and deemed it “capable of lethal use.”
Joel Schwartz, the McCloskeys attorney confirmed that the firearm was intentionally inoperable because it was just used as a prop in a lawsuit filed against a gun manufacturer. For it to enter the courtroom they had to make it inoperable.
“It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz said.
Most legal experts and even people who do not like the McCloskey have agreed Garner is on the losing side of this case even if Patricia’s McCloskey’s firearm was assembled correctly.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a legal brief demanding the case be dismissed. Now, it appears that someone or a few people from form Gardner’s officer could be disbarred and even prosecuted for tampering with evidence.
It sure looks like people working in the crime lab wanted no part of the games Gardner’s office is playing.