Many New England residents have been following the developments in former Patriots wide receiver Aaron Hernandez's homicide case, which features digital evidence in the form of text messages that may help link the 23-year-old to the murder of Odin Lloyd.
While this investigation has made national headlines, it's representative of numerous other cases in which prosecutors are using social networking profiles, cell phone records, computer hard drives and additional forms of digital technology as evidence in court. In fact, according to Foster's Daily Democrat, electronic sources have become a notable "component of homicide investigations, major felonies and countless other crimes in New Hampshire."
Take, for example, the case of Elizabeth Marriott, the University of New Hampshire student who police say was strangled to death in October 2012. The news outlet reports that prosecutors plan to use cell phone evidence to prove that suspect Seth Mazzaglia and his girlfriend "deleted information from their cell phones to conceal Marriott's murder."
This growing trend has led the New Hampshire State Police forensic laboratory to hire two full-time workers to analyze and process requests for digital information "such as documents, web histories, texts that were sent or chats that took place," notes the source. Sorting through this evidence can be a tedious task considering the sheer amount of data that certain devices are capable of storing
With prosecutors using these methods to present court cases against people accused of serious crimes, it's essential for defendants to hire experienced New Hampshire lawyers who are well-versed in these recent developments and can help mount an effective defense.