Dallas Pathologist Receives Award for His Work in New Zealand Double Murder Case
ProPath pathologist Rodney T. Miller, M.D. receives New Zealand Police District Commander’s Commendation Award
Dallas, Texas, Sept. 7, 2016 – ProPath pathologist, Rodney T. Miller, M.D. , Director of the Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Division, is the recipient of a prestigious award for his analysis of critical forensic evidence and subsequent expert testimony at the trial and re-trial of one of the most horrific murder cases in New Zealand’s history.
In February 2001, Mark Edward Lundy was arrested and charged for the August 2000 brutal murders of his 38-year-old wife, Christine and 7-year-old daughter, Amber, who were bludgeoned about the face and head with a hatchet. The following year Lundy was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years. After receiving an appeal in 2013, Lundy was granted a re-trial in 2015 and later found guilty of the murders for a second time.
During the original trial, it was Dr. Miller’s IHC expertise that led to the positive detection of brain tissue from two tiny stains found on a shirt worn by Lundy. The DNA analysis of the shirt stain demonstrated that it was conclusive evidence of Christine’s DNA on Lundy’s shirt. This critical piece of evidence allowed the New Zealand Police to arrest and charge Lundy with the double murders.
In appreciation of Dr. Miller’s expertise and 15-year support on the case along with the ProPath’s lab team’s efforts, he was presented with the District Commander’s Commendation award by Detective Senior Sergeant, Nigel Hughes of New Zealand Police. Detective Senior Sergeant Hughes, who was also the officer in charge of the Lundy murder scene said, “Dr. Miller’s evidence was the vital component in the successful prosecution and conviction of Mark Lundy.” Dr. Miller, who had been working with the New Zealand Police on the Lundy Murder trial since 2001, crafted a Focus article on the pathology procedures used in the case, entitled “Immunohistochemistry in Forensic Pathology.” This article and the behind-the-scenes story of the case can be found on the ProPath website at www.propath.com/companies/press-clippings .
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