Tuesday, March 09, 2004

ZAPATA TRIAL STARTS: The trial of Jesus Mezquia, accused of murdering Gits singer Mia Zapata - has opened in Seattle. The prosecution opened its case saying that the resolution of the decade-old crime is a triumph of the advances in DNA techniques, basing its case on the presence of Mezquia's DNA in saliva found on Zapata's body; the defence contends that amount of saliva found in wounds on the corpse was "so small" as to make the DNA insignificant and will attempt to shift blame for the murder onto another man, who claimed after a memorial service for the singer to be responsible for her death. Prosecutors say that man was mentally ill and although investigated, could not be linked to the crime. The case continues.

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