DNA expert weighs in, says Christopher Clements “cannot be excluded as contributor” from evidence found
, 2022-09-20 21:05:00,
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The murder trial of accused Tucson child killer 40-year-old Christopher Clements continued Tuesday, Sept. 20, with more witnesses and experts taking the stand.
So far, the state has called 15 witnesses to the stand.
Clements is facing several charges for allegedly kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Isabel Celis in 2012 and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez in 2014.
The current trial is for Maribel’s death, while Clements will face a jury for Isabel’s death next year.
The trial started last week with jury selections but kicked into high gear Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with opening statements and witness testimony.
WEEK TWO: TUESDAY TESTIMONY
Forensic DNA Analyst Alicia Cadenas, who has worked in this field since 2007, took the stand for the state on Tuesday.
Cadenas said she has worked on hundreds of cases over the years and testified in more than 60 cases. She previously worked at DNA Labs International in Florida, where samples taken from Maribel’s body were sent.
A pubic hair found on Maribel was tested and returned a partial profile. Cadenas said the hair was not tested to determine whether it was Maribel’s.
Cadenas said Clements “cannot be excluded” as the source.
The partial profile was tested against 26,000 samples in a data base, with zero coming back as a match. DNA Labs International also ruled out all suspects but one: Christopher Clements.
In all 18 areas where DNA data could be extracted, Clements was a match. Cadenas…
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