Forensics Experts Testify On Crime Lab Results

Six forensics experts from the Michigan State Police lab in Grand Rapids were called to testify Friday at the St. Joseph County Courthouse in Centreville. They were questioned about blood, DNA and fingerprints in the murder trial of Douglas Stewart.  A state police fingerprint expert testified about a print on plastic tarp packaging that was found at the site where Venus Stewart went missing.  “My conclusion was the latent fingerprint found on the tarp was the left little finger of Douglas Harry Stewart,” said Tom Flowers of the Michigan State Police.

State Police Det. Sgt. Mike Scott, lead investigator in the case, said 53 items were sent to the crime lab for examination.  Prosecutors say that evidence puts Stewart at the scene.  He is charged with premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder. He could face life in prison if convicted.

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