CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The case of a man charged last year with a 1998 rape at The Mattress Outlet may be the first one in Franklin County in which DNA evidence is contested in court, according to District Attorney John F. Nelson.
"The defense got court approval to retain a DNA expert to review all our DNA evidence," Nelson said Tuesday.
"We've never had a case that went to trial on contested DNA," Nelson said.
Assistant Public Defender Sean M. Fitzgerald confirmed that the defense had retained Dr. Richard Saferstein of New Jersey for the case, but declined to comment on what aspect of the DNA evidence might be challenged in court.
The case of Nelson Eugene Ryder, 42, of Stephens City, Va., was scheduled for the May trial term, but Nelson said the defense was granted a continuance to the July trial term to allow more time for review of the evidence.