2007 Murder conviction could be overturned

Monday, the Elkhart County sheriff was speaking out in support of one of his detectives who gave incorrect testimony that may have led to a wrongful murder conviction.

In December of 2002, Helen Sailor was found dead in her Elkhart apartment for seniors. Three years later Lana Canen was convicted in her murder. Now that conviction could change.

The detective has been with the department for almost 20 years. The Elkhart County sheriff feels detective Dennis Chapman did the right thing by admitting that a mistake was made.

As part of the evidence for the Canen case, a finger print on the Sailor’s pill bottle was said to have matched Canen's.

Detective Chapman from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office was called on to perform a finger-print analysis, and testified during the trial that the prints did match.

Another expert testified this year, and that is when Detective Chapman changed his opinion.

“The defense expert that came forward for the post-conviction which was in August had sent him information and upon seeing that, he realized he was in error,” said Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers.

Sheriff Rogers said that Chapman was disciplined for the error within the last month.

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