MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – On Thursday, March 13, Judge Jay York ruled a private lie detector test taken by Chessie Wood will not be entered as evidence in her alleged child sex abuse case.
“Problem with this test is it’s not the test itself, it’s the results of the test. Now all of a sudden the test is inadmissible,” said Wood’s attorney Michael McDuffie.
McDuffie said he was angry that the judge barely let him talk. The test was paid for by Wood, and involved 10 questions. Three of those questions were relevant to Wood’s case. Wood is charged with sex abuse and sodomy.
Assistant DA Nicki Patterson said in court with lie detector tests like these, both the prosecution and the defense have to agree and the state adamantly does not.
“He, in my opinion, is attempting to manipulate public opinion and the potential jury pool by putting this out in the news. Polygraphs are not admissible in the state of Alabama because they have been ruled scientifically unbelievable,” Patterson said.
Patterson said she can’t comment on state administered polygraphs.
“The state isn’t allowed under our rules of ethics to comment on whether someone has taken a polygraph, been offered to one to take, or has failed a one,” she said.
Wood has told Fox10 that she would not take a polygraph if offered one by the state.
Wood is one of 11 suspects accused of abusing at least two minor family members. Wood is also the mother of Brittney Wood. Wood went missing on May 30, 2012. At the time, she was 19-years-old.
Brittney Wood was last seen with her uncle, Donald Holland. Authorities said Holland killed himself shortly after with Brittney’s gun.
After his suicide, nearly a dozen relatives and family friends were arrested and charged with various sex crimes against children in what some law enforcement officials have called the worst child sex ring in the state of Alabama.