Winnipeg – DNA evidence is taking centre stage at the trial of a man accused of shooting two people in a local Salisbury House.
Devin Hall, 28, has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and attempted murder in connection to the shootings in September, 2012.
Alleged local drug dealer Jeffrey Lau, 23 was shot dead and another man was injured. He told court he believed the shootings were a targeted hit on Lau.
Court heard today from an RCMP DNA expert who tested samples found on a white shirt and black gloves recovered by police, near the crime scene.
Michelle Scott-Mascioli told court samples matched with a known sample taken from Hall himself.
She described testing and re-testing several samples and admitted they all contained “mixed profiles”, meaning there were traces of other people’s DNA on them as well.
Scott-Mascioli admitted under cross examination from Hall’s lawyer that there was no such thing as an exact match but said the odds of DNA she tested on a part of the shirt being from someone other than Hall were 1 in 4.2 quadrillion.
She did admit it was possible someone, maybe the shooter, wore the gloves or shirt and left no DNA or that the other traces of DNA could have come from someone who had worn the gloves after Hall. She said she was not able to identify any other the other people who left DNA on the clothing.
The DNA evidence is key to the prosecution case because no witnesses from inside the restaurant on Pembina Highway have been able to identify Hall as the shooter. The gunman had his face covered.
Hall’s trial is slated to last until the end of June.