Not Guilty!!! I got a call from the client's father tonight. The jury was out for a little over 3 hours. This young man and his family can now get on with their lives. If ever a case demanded a not guilty verdict, this one did.
A good lesson on a DNA case is never accept without question the results of any DNA analysis. Scrutinize the expert, procedures, reports, bench notes, chain of custody logs and then recruit a more qualified expert. In this case, I was able to get the government expert's teacher/professor in Miami. The relationship between the two experts was not lost on the jury.