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Malvo Defense Seeks DNA Evidence

September 16, 2003

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Lawyers for sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo want prosecutors to provide additional details about DNA evidence found near the Bowie, Md., school where a 13-year-old boy was shot during last year’s sniper spree.

The defense team argued in a court motion made public Tuesday that it needs more information about DNA evidence found on five cigarette butts, the barrel of a ball point pen and a Price Club card found at Tasker Middle School, where Iran Brown was seriously wounded Oct. 7.

The motion does not state if Malvo’s or fellow suspect John Allen Muhammad’s DNA was found on those items. The lawyers want more details on who recovered the information and exactly where it was found at the crime scene.

The issue is one of several scheduled to be argued at a pretrial hearing Wednesday.

The lawyers also seek more details about DNA evidence found on the rifle that authorities believe was used in the shootings. Authorities have previously said that only Malvo’s fingerprints were found on the weapon.

The motion also lists items that defense lawyers say lack any information to determine what, if any, DNA evidence was recovered. They include a note, a tennis shoe, a cellular phone and fecal matter.

Malvo, 18, and Muhammad, 42, have been charged with 13 shootings, including 10 deaths, over a three-week span in October in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. They are also suspected or charged with shootings in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Arizona and Washington state.

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