Fingerprint Evidence Questioned In Day 5 Of Torres Murder Case

The Glenn Torres first degree murder and rape trial continued Tuesday. Torres is accused of killing 19–year–old Paula Moore in 1992. The defense called for a mistrial after the prosecution alleged the defense had destroyed fingerprint data while handling evidence.

Judge Amanda Bailey denied the motion saying she, along with the jury, most likely understood that the lawyers wouldn't be allowed to handle evidence they could have possibly contaminated.

Also, the prosecution questioned an expert print analyst with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution focused on the fact that Torres's print was found on the passenger door handle. The prints of the two teenagers who stole Moore's car, unaware her body was in the trunk, were also found on the car.

The defense primarily focussed on the fact that 11 of the 18 useable prints found on, or in the car, were unidentified. They alleged the most important print on the gear shift was one of those unidentified prints.

The print of Torres was found on the front driver side door just above the door handle. The investigator with the C.B.I. said the print was in this position with the finger tips up, which is not consistent with someone driving the car, but leaning on it.

Day six of the trial continues Wednesday.

If convicted, Torres will face life in prison without the possiblity of parole.

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