August 30, 2014
News agencies are reporting that a coroner has
challenged DNA evidence linking an Italian to the 2007 killing of a
British student in the central Italian town of Perugia.
The ANSA news agency said Dr. Adriano Tagliabracci, a defense
witness, testified Saturday in the trial of American Amanda Knox
and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, for the
murder of Meredith Kercher. Both deny wrongdoing.
Tagliabracci told the court that DNA compatible with Sollecito's
found on the clasp of the victim's bra may have been the result of
later contamination. He said "DNA has no wings, but can fly" and
may have been transported onto the bra with dust.
Prosecutors and police experts maintain the evidence was handled
correctly and was not contaminated.