Expert: DNA links Aaron Hernandez to scene

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FALL RIVER, Mass. –Aaron Hernandez’s DNA was detected on a marijuana cigarette butt found at the scene of Odin Lloyd’s murder, a DNA analyst from the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab testified on Friday.

“Assuming one, there are two contributors, and two, Odin Lloyd is one of the contributors, the DNA profile from Aaron J. Hernandez matched the deduced DNA profile from this item,” expert witness Diane Fife Biagotti told the jury.

Biagotti also testified that DNA matching Aaron Hernandez was found on a discharged firearm casing at the Enterprise where prosecutors allege Hernandez dropped off the car he drove the night Lloyd was murdered.

DNA results on a .22 caliber gun found in the woods were “inconclusive,” Biagotti said. No DNA was found on .22 caliber ammunition found at Hernandez’s home, she testified.

Hernandez’s attorney, James Sultan, questioned why the prosecution never obtained a DNA sample from alleged Hernandez co-conspirator Ernest Wallace. “In fact, Mr. Wallace did not refuse to provide a sample. Mr. Wallace affirmatively, through his attorney, offered to provide a sample, voluntarily on March 7, 2014, which is contrary to the representation made to the court,” Sultan told the judge.

Sultan also attacked the commonwealth for not testing for DNA on a piece of blue bubble gum that police argued linked Hernandez to the crime scene. It was found attached to a shell casing at the Enterprise.

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