Fact: Exit wounds, without fail, are larger than entry wounds.
Fact: Lt. Ronald Oliver has an exit wound on his chest almost twice the size of the entry wound on his back.
Fact: Lt. Ronald Oliver was facing Philip Workman at the time that a bullet passed through his body.
Fact: Ballistics experts have said that Philip Workman’s Colt .45 was not the weapon that killed Lt. Oliver.
Fact: The other two policemen on the scene, Aubrey Stoddard and Steven Parker, claim that they never fired their guns at all.
Fact: Witness Steve Craig claims he saw Officer Parker fire a shotgun at Philip Workman.
Fact: Philip Workman had shotgun pellets removed from his buttocks.
Fact: If such a story is to be taken at face value, then Lee Harvey Oswald’s “magic bullet” has been surpassed in sheer absurdity. Perhaps there was a second gunman on the grassy knoll across from Wendy’s on that fateful day? Because it is a fact that a bullet fired from a .45 caliber gun does not abruptly turn 180 degrees in midair.
Fact: Prosecutors have tried to explain the discrepancy in bullet wound sizes by claiming that the bullet fragmented inside Lt. Oliver, and that only a small chunk exited through his back.
Fact: Prosecutors have never been able to provide a single X-ray establishing that the bullet fragmented inside Lt. Oliver at all.
Fact: Prosecutors are also inconsistent on whether or not an X-ray of Lt. Oliver exists at all. It would be highly unusual not to have one, as X-rays had been in use for almost a century by the time the crime was committed.
Fact: The state’s case falls apart if the magic bullet theory is disproved by X-rays. For even the felony murder statute to apply, the fatal bullet would have to have come from the gun of Workman or a Workman accomplice.
Fact: Only one witness ever claimed to have seen Philip Workman fire the fatal bullet.
Fact: There’s no indication he was ever at the crime scene.
Fact: His sister refutes the idea that he could have been there and seen it, as she was with him at the time of the murder.
Fact: He had a habit of making up information to feed to police--- Claiming rewards was how he supported his drug habit.
Fact: He now claims to have been coerced into testifying.
Fact: With no forensic evidence to back up the state’s case and no eyewitness, the remaining facts of this case do not add up to first degree murder. At best, a case could be made for criminally negligent homicide, arguing that Workman’s reckless crime set into motion a chain of events at the end of which a law enforcement officer tragically lost his life.
Fact: To my knowledge, Tennessee has neither sought nor obtained an execution in a criminally negligent homicide case in its entire history.
Fact: Philip Workman has not disputed that he robbed the Wendy’s restaurant on the night of August 5, 1981.
Fact: Philip Workman has not disputed that he shot Officer Aubrey Stoddard in the arm.
Fact: There are too many things that remain unknown about this case for an execution to be anything short of a travesty of justice.
Fact: You should watch this Sharon Cobb joint and see what Lt. Oliver’s daughter has to say about the impending execution of Philip Workman.