Luke Mitchell’s innocent FBI theory ignored by Scottish police, experts say
A former FBI profiler who worked with cops on Jodi Jones’ murder said his team believed convicted killer Luke Mitchell was innocent.
Mark Safarik said they concluded Mitchell, then 14, was too young to inflict the sexual injuries sustained by Jodi, also 14.
The retired criminal, who was a senior member of the FBI’s elite behavioral analysis unit, said his experts produced a detailed profile of Jodi’s killer after police asked him for their opinion.
Mr Safarik said: “If you have genital mutilation of body parts you are talking about a lust killer and that is not what you are going to find in a 14 year old boy.
“The fantastic development and all of that dynamic just wouldn’t exist at this age.
“But because the report didn’t agree with their theory, they ignored it.”
Jodi disappeared in June 2003.
His naked body was found stabbed and nearly beheaded near his home in Easthouses, Midlothian.
The creepy crime was featured in the documentary Murder in a Small Town.
The show sparked a petition demanding an independent investigation into her conviction, but was called “despicable” by Jodi’s tragic family.
Two detectives from Lothian and Borders flew to the United States to meet with the FBI, but rejected their case.
Mr Safarik added: “If our fresh eyes on a complex case indicate that you are looking in the wrong place, someone should ask ‘is our investigation going in the right direction?
“But they had a confirmation bias. If you just charge someone with practice and think you can condemn, it’s shameful.
“This is a disservice to the victim, to the justice system, and it is morally wrong.
“The real offender is still there.”
Mitchell, now 33, was caged in 2005 after a trial and saw three failed appeals.
Police said they were not looking for anyone else in the case.
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