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August 6, 2002
By Melissa Kill

Do you think you can be caught in a lie just by the sound of your voice? In Lee County you can.

Investigators have the newest form of lie detection-- a Computer Voice Stress Analysis machine.

A small microphone is hooked to a suspect. "Yes" and "No" questions are asked and the computer measures the amount of stress in your voice. The results are not admissible in court, but investigators say it is still useful.

"You can find out whether you need to pursue the investigation and a certain way eliminate a suspect, and verify stories," says Lee County Police Department Chief Dennis Parker.

Chief Parker spent a week training on the equipment at the Truth Verification Center in Florida.

The nine thousand dollar machine and the cost of training was paid for with money seized from drug busts.