Court denies inmate’s flawed hair evidence claim to 2000 murder conviction

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Superior Court judge has denied the appeal of a prison inmate who’s served 17 years of a life sentence for killing his mistress and dumping her at Muddy Run Park.

Alphonso Sanders argued that an FBI agent’s misrepresentation of hair evidence found in his vehicle pushed a Lancaster County jury to convict him.

In 2000, Sanders, 62, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kim Lori Dougherty.

According to Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson, the FBI agent’s testimony over the hair was “minimally inculpatory” and the totality of evidence against Sanders was “overwhelming.”

The state Superior Court agreed and wrote that Sanders had “motive and opportunity” to kill Dougherty.

Doughtery was found at Muddy Run Park, beaten and shot in the head.

Prosecutors said Sanders was the last person seen with Dougherty while she was alive, he was overheard asking his wife to provide an alibi during a prison visit, and items found in his van included a pamphlet from Muddy Run Park, some of Dougherty’s belongings, and blood matched to her.

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