LMPD to review handling of Chandler case

Edwin Chandler
Edwin Chandler
Brenda Whitfield (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
Brenda Whitfield (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)

By Janelle MacDonald - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police have promised a full review of Edwin Chandler's manslaughter case, now that the conviction against him has been thrown out.

Chandler, 37, was convicted of killing Brenda Whitfield, a convenience store clerk, during a robbery on September 28, 1993. However, Tuesday another man, Percy Phillips, was charged in the case based on a fingerprint found at the scene.

Metro Police said they can never make up that false conviction to Chandler, but promise to go back and look at what happened.

"You serve the public and you have a lot of cases with a lot of victims that you try to do your best work to get the right person in jail, to arrest the perpetrator and see that an offender is taken and held accountable," said Lt. Col. Vince Robinson, LMPD assistant chief.

Chandler was convicted partially based on a confession he says he was coerced into giving. Wednesday, the original detective on Chandler's case told WAVE 3 he never would coerce a suspect and only asked Chandler to tell the truth.

Robinson said coercion is against current LMPD policy, but was also against the policy of the former Louisville Police and Jefferson County Police Departments at the time of the case.

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