“Innocence Lost”: Story Of The Yogurt Shop MurdersJanuary 10th, 2010 - 7:29 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri,
Jan 10, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Saturday saw the show ‘Innocence Lost’ being aired on TV at 10 PM ET/PT on CBS which tells the story of the Yogurt Shop murders. The incident happened years ago in 1991 when four teenage girls were raped and murdered in Austin (Texas).
Amy Ayers, Jenifer Harbinson, Sarah Harbinson and Eliza Thomas were aged 13, 17, 15 and 17 respectively. The bodies were discovered when a police officer saw the shop in flames. When the fire was put out, the girls were found bloody and gagged. The picture that the stacked up bodies made was crude enough to overwhelm anyone. The girls were all found with a gun shot wound to their heads, which made it clear that they had been killed before the fire was lit. The girls were last seen in the same shop (I Cant Believe Its Yogurt!) at around 10.00, when they were planning a sleepover for themselves.
The man who was first suspected was Kenneth Allen McDuff, since he was in the area and had a history of serial killings. He was later ruled out and the police started receiving lots of ‘false confessions’. In the month of October of 1999 four suspects were arrested- Michael James Scot, Maurice Pierce, Forrest Wellborn and Robert Burns Springsteen Jr. Forrest Wellborn was soon ruled out since he could not be indicted by the jury members. The DNA samples also did not match with any of the suspects. Maurice Pierce was also ruled out but the other two suspects had to face a trial in the court. There were many controversies revolving around the Detective of the case too. The investigation took around eight years but the trial is still in the gallows.
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