What Happens When Someone 's Fingerprints Are Found At A Crime Scene?

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People vs. Jennings What happens when someone’s fingerprints are found at a crime scene? Thomas Jennings, a black man, was accused of murdering Clarence Hiller in Chicago, Illinois in 1910, when his fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime. The Thomas Jennings Trial was an important trial because it changed what evidence can be used it court, by challenging and redefining American values such as what is used to convict criminals, fingerprints being allowed in court, and how minority are treated. On the night of September 19, 1910, Thomas Jennings broke into three houses in Chicago, Illinois. The last house Jennings broke into was Hiller household. Jennings first went into the one of the daughter’s rooms and then went into the teenage girls room. It is assumed that he was going to sexually assault the girl, but ended up walking out of her room as well. However, in the hallway he encountered Mr. Hiller who had gotten out of bed to investigate why a light that is always kept on was out. The two men got into a fight and both tumbled down the stairs. This is when Jennings pulled out a gun and shot Clarence Hiller. Jennings fled the crime scene, but was later caught by cops for looking suspicious. When cops arrested Thomas they discovered that he had just been let out of jail for burglary. However, they had not heard about the Hiller murder yet. When the word of the murder got back to the police station Jennings became their prime suspect. At the Hiller household Mr.…

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