2003, Jodi's body was found near Dalkeith after she
had set out from home, intending to meet Mitchell.
Mitchell was just 14 when he subjected Jodi to the savage
knife attack that killed her.
The attack was
savage, hitting her on the head and body and compressing
her neck, restricting her breathing.
He also repeatedly stabbed Jodi with a knife both before
and after death, inflicting wounds to her face, ear,
mouth, breast and abdomen.
2005, After a trial that lasted 42 days, Luke Mitchell,
then aged 16, from Dalkeith, was convicted by majority verdict at the High
Court in Edinburgh of killing his former girlfriend.
Mitchell did not attend the
trial, his alibi was that he was at home cooking at the
time of the murder.
ordered to serve at least 20 years in prison after being
The case took
nearly three months, it was restarted in front of a new
jury, convened in four different locations and even
ventured into the fresh air for an unusual visit to the
murder scene itself.
It became what is believed to be the longest trial of a
single accused in Scottish criminal history.
Mitchell's trial the prosecution attempted to show just
how a 14 year old boy could become, in the words of the
prosecutor, "a cool, confident, arrogant killer".
The jury heard that Mitchell was an obsessive fan of
controversial American rocker, Marilyn Manson.
The US star's website shows his obsession with a grotesque
California murder in the 1940s, which became known as the
Black Dahlia killing.
and the wounds to her body held similarities, the
March 2006, Mitchell
was granted leave to appeal against his conviction (and
the length of his sentence) at the High Court of
Justiciary sitting as the Court of Criminal Appeal in
Edinburgh, on the grounds that the trial judge should
have moved the trial outside the city.
February 2008, The
Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh heard Mitchell's
15th May 2008, Mitchell
lost his appeal against the conviction for the Murder of
Jodi in 2003, Mitchell's original conviction was upheld
by Lord Osborne, Lord Kingarth and Lord Hamilton.
They ruled that there was
sufficient evidence in law that Mitchell could be
2nd February 2011,
Mitchell's appeal against sentence was refused.
20th July 2012, lawyers
acting for Mitchell launched a fresh bid to have his
conviction overturned when a 300-page dossier was hand
delivered to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review
Commission. The dossier included claims that a Mitchell
lookalike may have confused eyewitnesses.
July 2014, the SCCRC
revealed that police officers breached Luke Mitchell’s
human rights when they questioned him over the murder of
his teenage girlfriend Jodi Jones. However, they
determined he was not the victim of a miscarriage of