Report: Witness at trial challenges DNA evidence linking Italian to killing of British student

Witness at Italy trial challenges DNA evidence

ROME — News agencies are reporting that a coroner has challenged DNA evidence linking an Italian to the 2007 killing of a British student in the central Italian town of Perugia.

The ANSA news agency said Dr. Adriano Tagliabracci, a defense witness, testified Saturday in the trial of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Both deny wrongdoing.

Tagliabracci told the court that DNA compatible with Sollecito’s found on the clasp of the victim’s bra may have been the result of later contamination. He said “DNA has no wings, but can fly” and may have been transported onto the bra with dust.

Prosecutors and police experts maintain the evidence was handled correctly and was not contaminated.

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