Defense DNA Expert Witnesses Allowed In OSBI Lab

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation plans to open its lab for a rare weekend testing to accomodate expert witnesses hired by defense attorneys in the murder case against Clint Baker. Baker is accused of beating and cutting the throat of Todd Rich in March. The small amount of blood found for DNA testing would not be sufficient for separate tests. Previously the OSBI had told the court it was not permitted to allow outside DNA expert witnesses into its lab to observe testing due to “confidentiality requirements.” NewsOK.com also writes:

A few days after the OSBI alerted prosecutors that the forensic evidence would be consumed during testing, attorneys for Baker protested the testing and asked that an expert hired by the defense be allowed to test the samples. In July, a judge ruled that experts hired by the defense should be allowed to be present when forensic testing was done on the DNA evidence.

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