YouTube, will you please take the stand? This week, convicted murderer Luke Mitchell released a YouTube video in an attempt to clear his name for the murder of his childhood girlfriend Jodi Jones.
In April of 2004, 14-year-old Luke Mitchell was supposed to meet up with his girlfriend Jodi around 5:30 p.m. in a path between their two houses. It was later said in police reports that Jodi had been forbidden by her mother to go on this path alone and was told to meet up with Mitchell by her house instead. At 10 p.m. that night, Jodi’s mother texted Luke’s phone asking him to tell her daughter that it was time to come home. Replying instantly, Luke shared that he hadn’t seen Jodi that night. Luke and Jodi’s family immediately began searching the area and found Jodi’s body naked and mutilated behind a wall in their neighborhood woods. In the weeks to come, Jodi’s family began changing their statements about finding the body, telling investigators that Mitchell lead them right to Jodi and had no emotion at the scene. Police soon arrested Mitchell for Jodi’s murder, and after a 42-day trial, Mitchell was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Now, at 23 years old, Luke has already spent 9 years behind bars for a crime he and his family say he never committed. This YouTube video shows Luke hooked up to a polygraph machine and being asked questions by Secretary of the British Polygraph Association Terry Mullins. After a 2 and a half hour interview — only 15 minutes of it shared on YouTube — Mullins shares, “I’m certain of the result. It’s absolute. I can’t believe Luke Mitchell was convicted on the evidence that was available.”
But what can YouTube really do for this young adult? A finalized case can only be reopened if a concrete piece of evidence that could have changed the verdict of the case is discovered. With polygraph tests not being accepted as evidence in British courts, Mitchell’s video cannot help him reopen his case. So is he innocent? I guess that’s for you to decide.