Attorney in death of runner seeks dismissal of DNA evidence
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer for the suspect in the 2016 slaying of a Google employee killed while out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home has asked to a judge to throw out DNA evidence in the case.
Edward Ryan Jr., who represents Angelo Colon-Ortiz, says in a motion filed this month that his client’s DNA was collected in violation of his constitutional rights. Ryan says Colon-Ortiz, whose native language is Spanish, doesn’t understand English, didn’t understand a police interpreter, and thus could not voluntarily give a DNA sample.
Prosecutors have not filed their response to the motion to suppress.
Colon-Ortiz has pleaded not guilty in the August 2016 death of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte, who lived in New York City but was visiting her mother in Princeton, Massachusetts when she was killed.