Forensic litany: Lots of exhibits, less DNA evidence
On February 14, a day when forensic testing took center stage, afternoon court watchers began to wonder why the prosecution presented witness after witness who offered no evidence connecting accused murderer George Huguely to the scene of the crime.
"There were no latent prints of value," said fingerprint expert Jenny Mouer from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, describing test results from the kicked-in door to Yeardley Love's room, as well as from a can of Natural Light beer collected from Love's bathroom.
A trace evidence expert from the Department of Forensic Science said he could not determine the source of a stain lifted from Love's bedroom wall, and a report showing the results of his testing was circulated to the jury but not revealed to the courtroom at large.
Other afternoon testimony included toxicology test results which revealed that Love's BAC was .14– not high enough, according to Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Bill Gormley– to be life threatening. Love had no illegal drugs in her system, according to testimony, but did test positive for a "therapeutic level" of amphetamine, explained by her Adderall prescription.
And a blood stain pattern expert from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science described some blood on Love's bedspread, sheets, and carpet as the defense pushed expert Marjorie B. Harris to admit that Love could have been standing when blood fell to the carpet and that the nature of the stains on the sheets and bedspread made it it impossible to determine how they got there.
The night was capped with a litany of exhibits– dozens of swabs and things recovered from three apartments: Love's, Huguely's, and a downstairs neighbor to Huguely.
Love's blood was on her bedspread, pillowcase, sheet, bed ruffle, and on her floor– but no blood's on the infamously balled-up black t-shirt. Also, Love's underwear contained a 5" x 2" bloodstain, but prosecutor Chapman, oddly, presented garments into evidence with no DNA on them. He found a way to make DNA boring. "The Chandra Levy case would still be going on if that prosecutor had been this thorough," declared an out-of-town reporter. "The sniper case would still be going on too."
–story gently edited for print on Tuesday, February 21Read more on: George Huguely