Friday, May 08, 2009

Trial: The Trial Agenda For Today And Tomorrow Is Physical And Forensic Evidence

Posted by Peter Quennell

Click above for NIck Pisa’s report.

This is some of the more telling and contentious evidence. The same evidence was not successfully rebutted Last October at the trial of Rudy Guede.

1) The items in evidence

The court is now set to hear details of how DNA was found on a knife and bloodied bra strap.

Key to the proceedings will be evidence relating to a 30cm kitchen knife found at Sollecito’s flat days after the murder in November 2007. Forensic experts say DNA from Meredith was discovered on the blade.

They claim Knox’s DNA was found on the handle of the knife, which they say is compatible with the murder weapon that has never been found.

The experts will also detail how DNA from computer studies graduate Sollecito was found on a piece of bloodied bra. The material is believed to have been ripped from Meredith’s body.,,

Besides the knife, the prosecution also claims Knox’s DNA was found mixed in blood spots from Meredith found at the scene in the shower and sink.

2) The forensics team

The forensics specialists include chief of the Italian Scientific Police Unit in Rome, Patrizia Stefanoni. She was part of the Disaster Investigations Team sent to the scene of the 2004 tsunami to identify victims…

Ms Stefanoni has given evidence that her team used gloves and tweezers at all times. She insisted that, despite claims from the defence, there was “no possibility” of contamination.

Knox and Sollecito’s lawyers insist the DNA evidence is tainted as it was poorly handled. They have also pointed out how the bra fragment was only picked up six weeks after the killing during a second search of the scene.


I can only conclude the pictures on the Sky website must have been taken during the ‘Joke Telling’ session in court, as surely no one would be smiling like these two at a trial for a horrendous murder?

Posted by Ginny on 05/08/09 at 02:25 PM | #

Patrizia Stefanoni will now only be heard on May 20th.  Defense was granted its request to postpone the Stefanoni hearing, in order to have more time to watch and evaluate the police video, lasting 94 minutes.

Reported by ASCA news.

Posted by Nicki on 05/08/09 at 03:22 PM | #

Hi Nicki. Yes, this is the full video of the forensic team at the crime scene. It will be shown behind closed doors for sure.

Parts of it were broadcast by the Telenorba TV station in Bari where Raffaele Sollecito comes from.

Members of his family and the TV station may be criminally indicted for that action.

It appears to have been a malicious attempt to undermine the forensic team and evidence gathered.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 05/08/09 at 03:39 PM | #

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