In the wee hours of June 6th, 2014, two men lined up to summon a taxi. One was a 42-year-old father of three named Lee Dent, who ran a used tire shop and had been out drinking. The other was 17-year-old youth soccer player Alex Peguero Sosa, who was planning to attend university. An altercation ensued, a bottle broken, and at the end of it, Peguero Sosa was dead, stabbed in the neck by the broken bottle.
Dent claims that he did not realize he was holding a bottle when the conflict ensued. To analyze whether the stabbing was intentional, the prosecution wanted to see how Dent held the bottle. Only one complication: At what point in the trial is it wise to hand an accused murderer the weapon used for the crime? Instead, the prosecution asked nearby City College Plymouth to print a replica of the murder weapon.
Because the 3D-printed version was intact and plastic, it allowed the court to safely see how exactly Dent had wielded the weapon without handing him another deadly weapon.