Floyd Eugene Maestas, on trial in the slaying of a 72-year-old woman and the roughing up of another woman, now 89, during a robbery, had cuts and scrapes on his hands and wrists a few days after the first woman died, a police official testified Wednesday.
Salt Lake police detective Victor Siebeneck said Maestas had injuries on his hands and wrists at the time of an interview at police headquarters Oct. 4, 2004 days after the Sept. 28 slaying of Donna Lou Bott, 72, who was found stabbed, beaten and strangled in her home.
Bott's body was not found until three days later. DNA experts testified that some DNA material recovered from the scene could have deteriorated during those three days due to bacteria, but DNA tests showed Maestas could not be excluded as the donor of that DNA.
Two co-defendants in the case who have turned state's evidence, Rodney Roy Renzo and William Hugh Irish, could be excluded based on DNA testing, according to prosecution witness Todd Rigley, a senior DNA analyst at Sorenson Forensics Lab in Salt Lake City.
Defense attorneys in their opening statements at the beginning of the trial said the type of DNA testing used, which can exclude individuals, does not pinpoint a particular person.
Maestas, 52, is charged with capital murder in connection with Bott's slaying and with first-degree felony aggravated burglary in connection with an assault on another older woman during a home invasion robbery. Both crimes occurred Sept. 28, 2004.The trial will continue Thursday and more medical testimony is expected.
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