‘Incorrect’ Testimony of Famous Forensic Scientist Henry Lee At Heart Of Supreme Court Hearing

Long before he became an internationally known forensic expert, Henry C. Lee’s 1989 testimony in a Litchfield courtroom helped convict two local teenagers of a brutal murder in New Milford.
With his usual dramatic flair, Lee told jurors that a towel he had found in the bathroom of the home where the killing occurred had a spot on it that he had tested and found was “consistent with blood.” The teens were tried separately, and the prosecutor’s closing argument in the first trial cited the bloody towel. While the state presented no evidence that the blood on the towel belonged to the defendant, it argued the towel proved that the reason there was no blood found in his car was that he cleaned it off in the bathroom.