Evidence in Morgan Harrington investigation
Expert panel weighs in
- Duration 6:13
- Date Jun 13, 2012
Expert panel weighs in
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Whitney are also our legal panel and forensic -- pathologist doctor Jude Law.
Stinging -- defense attorney at Fox News contributor on the right now.
Former prosecutor Julie Jackson and former homicide detective and Fox News contributor mark -- Welcome.
What conclusions can you draw about the guy that you just heard Morgan Harrington parents talk about suspected -- is now a lot person kill their daughter.
-- I would say that if we have a case it's connected through DNA.
Four years prior he's probably a serial rapists and most probably isn't only operating in this area the chances of him.
A victim in four years is remote.
That means that he was either some place where he could not get a victim.
Such is the military.
Out of the country or imprisoned but what.
And he wasn't in prison because there's no DNA in the data bank that would match -- this guys that better rested.
Well doesn't mean he hasn't been a resident means he hasn't been arrested when they took DNN you can be arrested played a lot of bad -- between 25.
And and thirty odd.
That's what a victim set win.
And so we have a victim that is trying to predict somebody's age to where we can't really based anything that we you have to look you have to look at this that.
Collecting DNA is in full proof even now.
So what we have to actually assume one thing he has a career criminal and his -- all might have advanced a homicide but the evidence is not really.
There for that he certainly.
His crime -- by the victims fighting back or not.
And it's interesting that the rape from 2005 which was six and a half hours away from where this murder.
Is in it was in the same area.
You know so but doctor -- gonna go you she's basically Morgan skeleton lies after being in the field for three months.
Now although there was some soft tissue I mean what can you take forensic plea from a body that's been skeleton lies.
It's a pretty much in routine for every cases you have to take actually smoking where an absence of -- and other injuries.
And you have to collect on -- friends captains including DNA blood.
I mean all different in arrears on to get -- from body count if there's anything was -- looking forward behind -- -- -- orange.
Able to tell doctor she had been raped if she skeleton yes.
If you -- -- -- two counts of being right conclusive seeing partly it's not okay and how much soft tissues the -- And is it normal for a body to decompose and three months almost completely.
Yes my understanding he she disappeared in early October that content was -- fairly well.
And actually have to consider factor because indeed expose a -- you know read this animal activity due to winter season -- can happen.
You know what's interesting about this -- -- -- go back to you for second is her body is found in the middle of the 750 acre farm.
All and that whoever took her body to where it was last left had to go through fields and a creek and -- -- The gates and fences what does that tell -- To me it doesn't tell tell me that somebody planned this they might have been familiar with the area but they -- -- because now they know that there is the body is going to be found within a period of time it's a farm.
That's absolute so it to me it and it shows that it was not an intentional homicide that maybe the victim -- and it was the outcome.
Of the rape but it wasn't intentional he got rid of the body.
Okay Arthur you're prosecuting this case we have a -- -- blood on the -- of our victim who's found murdered.
But the body is ten miles from where the -- was he -- convict someone.
I don't need to tell you with his chief prosecutor how hard it is especially this is the -- -- -- right -- -- your doctor your life your -- And when you have a body that skeletal -- I mean I gave -- this story is heartbreaking.
-- welcome to the parents was riveting.
I keeping it a little Caylee Anthony Wright -- mean.
How hard that case was to prove because nobody was so decomposed when you don't have that soft tissue.
When you can't see whether someone's been choked -- strangled raped it is so difficult.
-- she had some broken ribs broken bones -- yeah yeah.
Well pre -- not post morning you know what.
It's going to be a very difficult case I think to match up.
But there are things that you can do now on the DNA issue you know judge because -- faced this all the time we as defense attorneys argue chain of custody issues right.
Now you have what does that mean it means that you have DNA but you don't have -- on the body and as a result any defense attorneys going to argue that it's not conclusive.
And it cannot show or demonstrate that there is guilty with and.
And mark the T -- is laid out at a fraternity row I'm top of the bush is its -- and it's it's three weeks later.
It hasn't -- they're all three weeks with a million people plants what does that tell you about the.
Tells his students saw -- they're related there for -- recover because it was lost I mean people do do that they do that even you -- or maybe it was a trophy and think maybe this in this turned murderer maybe but let's go back to one thing is it if the suspects going to discard.
A T shirt with -- on up from the victim.
And the victim was killed and his vehicle once they find out a possible suspect there's going to be blood or hair or something in that vehicle that they can match -- -- and another thing this case is gonna come down -- the detective.
And his interrogation -- You of the problem the problem is they didn't release a sketch until July when they had the DNA.
In November they didn't wanna match.
-- I would -- I wouldn't.
Because I'd I'd want to try to find the suspect before you fully physically and arraigned -- out there you know what he's supposed to look like you haven't been arrested might let that sketch out.
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