What happened to Jodi Jones? Murder in a Small Town on Channel 5 investigates the horrific murder of the teenager.
Your friend Luke Mitchell is currently in jail for murder, but this new documentary asks, “Is Luke Mitchell innocent?”
Someone is guilty of the murder of Jodi Jones and they stole dreams and opportunities from the 14 year old for a lifetime.
Police charged and convicted Luke Mitchell of the crime – but did he really kill his girlfriend Jodi Jones?
Or was an innocent child injured by the criminal justice system?
Could this be Britain’s most shocking miscarriage of justice?
A new two-part documentary from Channel 5 explores the devastating crime.
Here is everything you need to know …
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Jodi Jones murder: how did Jodi Jones die?
The 2003 murder of a teenager, Jodi Jones, caused shock waves across Scotland.
A search party found her body in a wooded area near her hometown on the outskirts of Dalkeith, near Edinburgh.
Somebody hit Jodi and pulled her hair out by the roots.
They had strangled Jodi and cut her throat between 12 and 20 times – practically beheaded her.
Police describe it as “one of the most violent crimes of a generation” and the scene has been called “the bloodbath”.
Evidence against Luke Mitchell
Jodi’s five-month-old friend Luke found her body and was also 14 years old at the time – a child himself.
The investigative journalist Neil MacKay describes him as a “satan-worshiping, scary, Gothic character”.
At that time, he was storing urine glasses in his room.
Neil says he was a “dope-smoking, wild kid” who wrote satanic slogans on his exercise books.
Newspaper authors called him a “devil worshiper” who was occult and obsessed with the murder of the black dahlia.
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Jodi Jones Murder: Why Did Everyone Think Luke Did It?
Initially, the police saw Luke as their prime suspect – and Luke was asked NOT to attend Jodi’s funeral.
Luke said it was a “media trial” in a seemingly emotionless Sky interview (the same day as Jodi’s funeral).
The newspapers featured Luke on their front pages every day, even before the trial.
The writers called him even though he was a minor – which would cause big problems when it came to passing judgment.
Luke’s mother says, “Why did everyone think Luke did it? Because the police told the press and the press told the public about it. “
Ultimately, 10 months later, police charged Luke and convicted Luke of the crime – but did he really kill his girlfriend Jodi Jones?
Or was the police under pressure from a terrorized city to find a murderer?
The small town murder later reveals that there was NO forensic evidence linking Luke to the crime.
Where is Luke Mitchell now?
Luke remains in jail.
A majority judgment found him guilty of Jodi’s murder and sentenced him to at least 20 years.
He has spent the past 17 years in prison.
Luke tells his story for the first time in Murder in a Small Town on Channel 5.
He is almost 32 years old.
Luke Mitchell in his own words
Luke says, “I was imprisoned for a crime I didn’t commit.
“I can’t be clearer, I absolutely didn’t kill Jodi. I want to delete my name. “
He adds, “I haven’t spoken the whole time because when I tried I was yelled down and labeled as evil and manipulative and twisted.”
He asks if the police targeted him for being “the local madman” who liked Marilyn Manson music.
Jodi Jones Murder: Is Luke Mitchell Innocent?
Police suspected Luke from the first night, but there’s little evidence to link him to the murder.
Luke’s beliefs are now challenged 17 years later in the documentary Murder in a Small Town.
Criminal Defense Attorney John Scott QC says, “Despite an extensive investigation, there is no forensic evidence linking Luke Mitchell to the crime.”
Sara Gomes, a forensic scientist at the Forensic Institute, says, “Innocent or guilty, there’s something wrong with that belief.”
Professor Allan Jamieson, director of the Forensic Institute, added, “There is insufficient evidence to say that Luke Mitchell unequivocally committed the crime.”
In the first episode of the two-part series Murder in a Small Town, investigators uncover shocking details of other male suspects linked to the crime.
Murder in a Small Town Episode Two
In the final episode of the two-part series, two more men are shown as potential suspects.
The behavior of the police is being questioned.
And Luke Mitchell and his mother Corrine take a polygraph test.
The murder in a small town begins Wednesday, February 24th at 9 p.m. on Channel 5 and ends the next day.
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