SHELBY, N.Y. - Shelby is a quiet farm community in Orleans County.
But, in 1919, it was rocked with a murder mystery that sent shock waves across the country. A mystery that would eventually send shock waves across the legal world.
On March 12, 1915, wealthy farmer Charles Phelps and his housekeeper, Marjorie Wilcott were found shot to death. The discovery was made by one of Phelps' farmhands, Charles Stielow.
Stielow was a German immigrant, and when it was discovered that he kept a .22 caliber gun in his nightstand, he was quickly charged and convicted for the killing.
During the trial, the prosecution called an "expert" witness to testify at Stielow's trial. The witness, Dr. Albert Hamilton, stated that he bullets found in the victims had been fired by Stielow's gun.