Kansas judge says defense can monitor DNA

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A Sedgwick County judge has ruled that defense lawyers can have an expert monitor DNA testing of biological evidence in the trial for four people accused in the deaths of a Valley Center couple.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1lq1KPp ) District Judge Jeff Goering on Friday issued the ruling allowing the expert to monitor the testing. Prosecutors objected to the DNA monitoring request, arguing that allowing an outsider into the lab could violate the lab’s protocol.

The testing’s related to the November shooting deaths of Melissa and Roger Bluml of Valley Center. Prosecutors say swabs from some items would be tested for DNA, but the swabs would be consumed in the process.

The Blumls’ adopted son, his biological mother and two of his high school classmates are charged in the case.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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