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Police at trial link DNA in suspect’s van to slain jogger

October 27, 2017

Jeffrey Willis, right, talks with his defense attorney, Fred Johnson, before witness testimony resumed for his murder trial at Muskegon County circuit court inside the Hall of Justice in downtown Muskegon, Mich., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Willis is accused of shooting jogger 36-year-old Rebekah Bletsch in Muskegon County in 2014. Bletsch is believed to have been jogging when she was attacked. (Cory Morse /Muskegon Chronicle via AP)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have rested their case in the fatal shooting of a jogger in western Michigan, offering testimony from a scientist who said the victim’s DNA was on a glove found in the suspect’s van.

Jeffrey Willis is accused of killing Rebekah Bletsch in 2014 in Muskegon County’s Dalton Township. He was arrested two years later after being accused of trying to kidnap a teenager.

In another case, Willis is charged in the disappearance of a gas station clerk whose body still hasn’t been found.

The last witness for prosecutors Friday was state police scientist Michelle Schmitt, who said Bletsch’s DNA was on a sex toy and glove in Willis’ van.

Defense lawyer Fred Johnson says he plans to call four or five witnesses.

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