Parker Trial Evidence Transported to TX

Defense calls for out-of-state forensics expert

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By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- A judge has decided that certain pieces of evidence in the Brett Parker double murder trial will be allowed to be transported out-of-state to be examined by the Defense's forensics expert.

Judge DeAndrea Benjamin heard oral arguments today from both the Prosecution and the Defense in reference to the validity of crime scene evidence. Richland County authorities have had some two months to examine evidence, according to Parker's defense attorneys. Now, the Defense would like its expert to examine the evidence. That person is based out of Ft. Worth, Texas.

The Prosecution will create travel arrangements and an itinerary for someone from the Richland County Sheriff's Department to meet the Texas forensics expert at his lab in Ft. Worth beginning at Noon Sunday. The expert has said he will examine the evidence and have the investigation completed by Monday, which is when the Richland County officials will be due back in court with the findings.

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hootie said on Monday, May 13 at 9:31 PM

sad commentary for SC's Law Enforcement Division's laboratory personnel....as well as those at MUSC and SCSch of Med....no laboratory in SC nor south or north of the Mason Dixon has the expertise for testing specimens...oh my oh my oh my....lordy, lordy that's just INCORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess judgie benny had her seat unthroned!

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