Police detectives and laboratory analysts testified that they recovered pubic hairs, semen and blood from the murder scene of an 88-year-old woman that matched or was similar to samples taken from a Utah State Prison inmate.
During testimony in a preliminary hearing Tuesday in 3rd Circuit Court, witnesses said the samples found in the bedroom of Ethel Lukau were similar or matched samples from Daniel R. Troyer, 29.Judge Michael Hutchings continued the preliminary hearing until May 4 at 2 p.m. to allow defense attorneys to review documents that prosecutors had not sent them.
Lukau was found dead in her bed by family members on Aug. 18, and an autopsy showed she had been strangled and smothered. Troyer has been charged with first-degree murder and burglary in connection with the death. He is also charged with being a habitual criminal.