According to this article over at the Pioneer Press, a Burnsville Police Officer is now at the center of a murder trial in Dakota County because allegedly he “concealed the (DNA) analysis from both sides.”
From the article:
Attorneys for 19-year-old murder suspect Taylor Pass have introduced new DNA evidence taken from a hat and sweat shirt found at the crime scene that does not match the DNA of Pass, 35-year-old SanRoman or her roommate, 23-year-old Odai Al-Refo.
The defense hopes to determine why that DNA evidence wasn’t presented to them or to prosecutors sooner. A report issued July 14 by a forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was not shared with defense attorney Arlene Perkkio or Assistant Dakota County Attorney Larry Clark, the prosecutor in the case, until Friday, nearly four months after its completion.
The outcome of this could be devastating to the county prosecutor’s office. If this guy gets off on the charges then it could be another Timothy Bedford situation (the same guy who carjacked a 79 year old and who is now back in jail) where someone is arrested, charged, put in jail for serious crimes which could bring 20 years in jail but yet they are out roaming the streets of Burnsville again only a few months later?
So what was the reason for this additional DNA evidence being overlooked? Is it straight incompetence on the part of the Burnsville PD or is it because they have been so overworked due to the budget cuts and reliance on grants? Maybe it shows a pattern of keeping those who need to know in the dark when it comes to public safety? Will this new DNA evidence lead to the eventual release of this suspect? Whatever you have to say about this please go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you think!