Laser Technololgy Used In Search For Fatal Bullet
Laser technology was crucial in providing the clinching evidence to convict Joey Fane, 27, of the cold-blooded killing of Dennis Richmond in 1998 after a bar fight occurred between them.
. Fane and friends had tussled at a bar with Richmond the night of Richmond’s murder, and a shell casing belonging to a 9-mm gun was found alongside Richmond’s corpse. Laser technology was used to pinpoint where the bullet may have landed after slicing through Richmond’s once animated frame.
The investigating officer simply used a rifle’s gun-sight he had equipped with a laser-shooting red-dot to map out how the bullet might move on. Using this red dot gun-sight to trace the bullet’s ricochet, the investigating police officer did find the bullet embedded in a wall.
Knowing the direction that the bullet traveled to kill Richmond helped seal the case by refuting Fane’s claim that his gun went off by accident.
Today, companies design laser devices specifically for tracing bullet trajectories.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Madison Capital Times (WI) (02/24/03) P. 1A; Miller, Mike.