Prosecution rests case in Wallace trial
By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer
The prosecution rested its case Wednesday after the director of a private DNA testing laboratory testified that blood found on murder suspect Thomas Clifford Wallace's shorts matched the blood of the man he is accused of killing.
"The frequency of this match being repeated in the population would be 1 in 143 million," Kevin McElfresh, vice president of Bode Technology Group in Springfield, Va., testified Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.
McElfresh, who has a doctorate in molecular genetics, went through the lengthy testing procedure used to compare crime scene blood samples with those taken from Wallace, victim Darrius Allen Fetterhoff, and the late Clara Miller, who was once charged as a co-defendant in the case.
Those testing procedures came under fire when Brian Hutchinson, co-defense attorney, cross-examined McElfresh at length on the accuracy of the results.