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3-D printing just solved a murder

3-D printing just solved a murder
City College Plymouth

I've said it before: In the future, every home will have a 3-D printer. Now we're learning that every courtroom could have one, too. For the first time ever, 3-D printing clinched a conviction in a murder case.

First, let's flash back to the crime scene. It was June 6th, 2014, when two men, 42-year-old Lee Dent and 17-year-old Alex Peguero Sosa, were trying to hail a cab in southern England. Words were exchanged and a fight broke out. It turns out that Dent was wielding a glass bottle. During the fight, the bottle ended up in Sosa's neck, killing him.

Dent told officials that he wasn't aware he was holding the bottle during the conflict. So in order to find out if the stabbing was intentional, lawyers wanted to see how Dent was holding the bottle during the fight.

But that posed a big problem. You really don't want to put the alleged murder weapon back in the hands of the accused murderer. So what did the prosecution do?

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