Family in Perry Murder Case Questions Evidence

Arrowood Murder Case Evidence
Posted at 6:08 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 14:34:49-04

PERRY, Fla. (WTXL) -- A new motion filed in a Taylor County murder case claims the crime scene was manipulated.

The family of Garrett Arrowood maintains his innocence, as he serves a life sentence for the death of his aunt Shelly Strickland.

The motion calls into question a piece of evidence the family says wasn't collected until several months after the original investigation.

Their attorney David Collins wants to interview three individuals tied to the discovery under oath.

One photo obtained by WTXL shows medication in the "Tuesday" compartment of a daily pill organizer. The initial indictment said Strickland died on a Tuesday, but a superseding indictment extended the time frame to three days.

That photo was taken by a Taylor County deputy in January 2016, six months after the murder.

A second photo was taken at the time of the initial investigation, where it's unclear whether or not there are pills in the "Tuesday" compartment.

Strickland's daughter testified that the pill organizer had not been tampered with when investigators collected it into evidence.

"What we're most concerned about is pursuing the truth -- and, in this instance, there was a photograph of that pill organizer on January 20th by Deputy Hooker," Collins said. "You see the exhibit. You look at it. Does that pill organizer indicate when you look at it that there are pills in the Tuesday compartment?"

Collins wants to interview Assistant State Attorney John Weed, the Taylor County deputy, and Strickland's daughter under oath to show evidence tampering.

The state attorney's office has filed a legal response to the motion.

In part, it says it is "senseless to rehash this issue" and objects to being questioned under oath.