DNA technician continues testimony in Troy murder trial

November 13, 2017 01:12 PM

TROY - Testimony resumed Monday morning in the trial of accused killer, Johnny Oquendo. Prosecutors say he murdered his stepdaughter, Noel Alkaramla, then stuffed her body in a suitcase before dumping it in the Hudson River.

State police DNA technician Mallory Gage resumed her testimony from last week. She testified for the prosecution that sperm from Johnny Oquendo was a match on the body of Alkaramla, his stepdaughter.

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Later, she said there was no positive DNA match from the suitcase itself, the suitcase handle, or her fingernails.

She said the best DNA samples would be stored in a cool, dark place and that heat, humidity, sunlight and water can all affect a DNA sample.

The judge also tossed out a minor statement that the defendant's side had made to a detective, because Oquendo may have thought he was being questioned and Miranda was not invoked.

Amanda Whitman is expected to testify Monday afternoon. She is the woman who dropped a bombshell last week about her alternate sex life. She will be testifying for the prosecution to identify the suitcase Alkaramla's body was found in. Whitman was the longtime girlfriend of Johnny Oquendo.


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