A Ventura County judge sentenced a Port Hueneme man to life in prison for a 1997 murder. The man will not be eligible for parole. The victim, a 16-year-old-boy, died of stab wounds he received in his home. The victim and his mother surprised a burglar upon returning to their Ventura home.
The case went unsolved for more than 17 years, but advances in DNA testing finally produced a usable DNA profile. The teen confronted the burglar, and was stabbed three times. He died at the hospital.
Based on physical evidence at the scene, the defendant admitted to being in the home, but denied stabbing the boy. Controversy surrounded the case because the defendant’s DNA was not on the knife, which was found near the crime scene.
Computer analysis matched the defendant’s DNA profile to the crime scene evidence in 2014. He is now a married father of four. The defendant plans to appeal his conviction.
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While DNA analysis is the “go-to” tool for criminal investigators, DNA evidence doesn’t mean the jury gets an “open-and-shut” case. A competent defense attorney knows how to challenge the evidence against his clients, regardless of what it is.
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