WENY News - Testimony focuses on gun in Day 4 of Zecary Banks trial

Testimony focuses on gun in Day 4 of Zecary Banks trial

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ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - Two forensic scientists from the state police testified in Day 4 of the Zecary Banks trial.

The first forensic scientist analyzed the DNA swabs taken from the revolver found on a garage roof down the street from Patrick’s Pub. She concluded no DNA was found on the swabs taken from that revolver. She testified she wasn’t surprised there was no DNA found on the gun due to the conditions it was found in. She said DNA can be degraded in extreme heat or if it’s exposed to the elements for a period of time. 

The second forensic scientist who took the stand Friday, Maria Rauche, was specifically a firearms examiner. She compared test bullets fired from the revolver found down the street from Patrick’s bar to the bullets recovered from victims and the scene. Gauche said she can’t conclusively say the bullets found at the scene and with the victims were fired from that gun. She also testified she cannot eliminate the bullets were fired from that gun, though. 

During cross examination, she reiterated that she can’t conclusively say the bullets were fired from the gun found down the street. But, she can’t eliminate they didn’t come from the same gun.

Court resumes Monday at 10am.

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