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Published on Sep 5, 2015
In 2002, DNA testing proved that Jeff Ashton lied on Unsolved Mystery's National Television Show about the crime scene blood of death row inmate William Thomas Zeigler. Then in order to put up a smoke screen regarding the real facts State Attorney Jeff Ashton told another lie in the courtroom at a hearing to discuss the exonerating DNA results. To this day, Ashton has gotten away with all of these lies. His lies have worked perfectly, Mr. Zeigler is now on death row for his 41st year and just turned 72. Orlando Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton wrongfully stated that Tommy Zeigler had his father-in-law Perry Edwards Jr.'s type A blood on him. The only time Mr. Zeigler was allowed to have DNA testing in 2002, the results proved that Tommy Zeigler did not have any of his father-in-law's blood on his shirt. DNA testing, which was not available during the trial back in 1976, showed that blood evidence on Zeigler's shirt was linked to the wrong victim. The prosecution intimated at trial that Zeigler held his father-in-law, Perry Edwards, in a headlock while striking him with a metal crank. This explained the bloodstain found on the underarm of Zeigler's shirt. But the DNA testing showed that the blood belonged to Charlie Mays, another man killed in the furniture store. Testing further found that blood on Mays' shoes and pants was consistent with victim Perry Edwards' Sr.'s blood. The Honorable Judge Reginald Whitehead decided this discovery would not have changed jurors' minds and he denied Zeigler a new trial. Zeigler has long claimed Mays was among a group of men who attacked him and his family in the store that night. Mr. Zeigler also stated that he crawled over a body in the dark store and grabbed at the floor trying to find his glasses. Without them he was legally blind. Mr. Zeigler stated that as he searched the floor for his glasses, all he could find were bows, bows, and more bows. Crime scene photos of the dead body of Charlie Mays prove Mr. Zeigler's statements about finding all the bows on the floor. The photos show many Christmas bows on the floor all around the dead body of Charlie Mays. During a 2004 hearing, Zeigler's New York attorney, John Houston Pope, maintained that the new DNA evidence supported Zeigler's story and proved the State's trial theory was all wrong. However, State Attorney Jeff Ashton spun the new exonerating DNA test results in an all new direction by making up a lie about Tommy Zeigler's fingerprint being found on the floor at the murder scene. No such evidence was ever produced at Mr. Zeigler's murder trial because it did not exist.