Expert: Bluew’s finger prints found on alleged suicide note
Evidence being presented in the Ken Bluew trial.
Ken Bluew sitting with his defense attorney, Rod O'Farrell.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
Testimony in the Ken Bluew murder trial has wrapped up for the week following four days of gripping statements by experts on the stand.
DNA and finger print experts say the Jenny Webb crime scene contained blood and finger prints belonging to Bluew.
The 37-year-old suspended Buena Vista Township police officer is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of 32-year-old Jenny Webb, a pregnant woman who was found strangled to death near a police shooting range on Aug. 30, 2011.
The prosecution says the baby boy Webb was eight months pregnant with was Bluew's child.
Prosecutors said Bluew didn't want to pay child support, didn't want his wife to know about the situation and he didn't want a baby.
>>For more details into the Ken Bluew murder trial, read the testimony summaries linked on the left of this page<<
On Thursday, Lisa Ramos, with the Michigan State Police DNA lab, took the stand to testify about DNA samples collected from the scene. Ramos spoke about how she examined DNA in the lab, and how she conducted tests to determine paternity. Ramos said that her test results were consistent that Ken Bluew was the baby's father.
Ramos continued on the stand and stated that a stain from Webb's right flip flop matched Ken Bluew's DNA profile. Ramos pointed out that a blood stain on Hack Road matched Webb's DNA and that swabs under her fingernails matched Bluew's DNA. Ramos said the blood on Webb's shirt, pants and bra all matched Bluew's DNA profile. The tip of an exam glove also matched Bluew's DNA.
Ramos was back on the stand Friday. She spoke about a bruise on Webb's inner arm, and how Bluew's DNA matched at ten locations and could not be excluded from six other locations.
Ramos said the brown extension cord that was tied around Webb's neck and to the roof rack of her SUV contained several major DNA types that matched Bluew. Ramos touched on the discovery of mixed DNA, samples that can include both DNA from both Webb and Bluew.
Ramos testified that blood stains on the interior surface of Webb's Pontiac Aztec, including the steering wheel, gear shifter and drivers side door, had DNA on them that matched Bluew's DNA.
The DNA expert said blood found on the rear partition of Bluew's police patrol car did not belong to Webb or Bluew. Defense attorney Rod O'Farrell cross-examined Ramos and pointed out that Webb's DNA was not found on the police body armor vest worn by Bluew. O'Farrell pointed out that DNA can be transferred in a number of ways, via blood, tears and skin. O'Farrell also touched on the idea that perhaps some of the evidence was contaminated.
The next witness on the stand Friday morning was Gary Ginther, a latent print examiner with the MSP crime lab. Ginther looks a fingerprints and explained to the jury the different types of prints. Ginther processed the crime scene at the end of Outer Drive on Aug. 31, 2011. The prosecution showed photos to the jury of Webb's SUV where the rear side passenger door had a finger print in a blood stain. Ginther showed the court a lift, or copy, of that finger print.
Ginther showed the jury a known finger print belonging to Ken Bluew, and then showed the bloody finger print on Webb's Aztec that Ginther said belongs to Bluew. TV5's Liz Gelardi tweeted out that if readers remembered, Bluew had an injury to his right index finger. The prosecution is drawing a connection between that injury and the bloody finger print found on the SUV.
Ginther testified that finger prints on the passenger side quarter panel of Webb's SUV belonged to Bluew, and that prints were also left by his left palm. Ginther looked for finger prints on the suicide note found at the scene. The note held up in court showed a purple coloring that is used to highlight prints found on the paper.
The finger print expert compared prints on the note to both Webb and Bluew, and said he found 14 prints on the back -- all identified as Bluew's. Ginther said for the jury that Bluew's finger prints were found on the suicide note. Gelardi said it was important to point out that Bluew's finger print on the suicide note was uninjured, but prints on Webb's car show that Bluew had an injury to his finger.
Court was back in session following a break for lunch and Prosecutor Mike Thomas asked the judge if the jury can view the scene at the end of Outer Drive, in Buena Vista Township. Jurors will receive aerial maps of the area after a bus takes them to the scene. The 14 jurors will then have 30 minutes to look around. Bluew waved his right to accompany the jury on the scene visit.
Once jurors were finished at the site, court was dismissed for the day. The media was not allowed to go to the scene while the jury was there.
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we continue to closely follow all the developments in the case when court in back in session next Tuesday at 9 a.m.
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