Monday, January 12th, 2008
#30 Dr. John Andrews (LA Co. Deputy Coroner and Forensic Neuropathologist; assisted autopsy on Ms. Clarkson's brain and spinal cord; testimony complete)
#31 Dale S. Falcion (LA Co. Sheriff's Office criminalist; did fingerprint comparisons on evidence found at the scene to Phil Spector and Lana Clarkson; testimony complete)
#32 Dr. Lynne Herold (LA Co. Sheriff's Office senior criminalist, blood spatter analyst and crime scene re constructionist; currently under direct examination)
Accredited Press inside the courtroom: None identified.
Has the murder weapon revealed new evidence?
See that tiny piece of metal on the inside portion of the handle of the gun? That's called the "front strap" of the gun. When the gun was examined back in 2003, a tiny partial print was discovered on this piece of metal that's only about three-eighth's of an inch wide. The partial print is even smaller than that. At the time, forensic examiners determined that this print had "no value" for comparison purposes but today, this tiny, partial print may tell us something about when that print got on the weapon and who possibly could have placed it there.
In September of last year, Mr. Falcion was asked by Mr. Jackson to take a look at enlarged micro-photographs of the "front strap" on the Colt Cobra. There is a partial print of some type but it is of no value to compare to a latent print. However, Mr. Jackson asked Falcion if he had an opinion as to whether the print came first, or if the blood came first. Was the print left in the blood after the gun was covered in blood? Falcion testified that it was his expert opinion that the print was left in wet blood already on the front strap. Since we have heard expert testimony that once Lana Clarkson was shot, she was immediately rendered incapacitated, there is only one other individual who could have left that partial print on the gun: Philip Spector.
In the afternoon session, memorable Dr. Lynne Herold took the stand and placed Spector's white ladies jacket he was wearing on the night of the murder within "two to three feet" of the gun firing.
More to come, when I find the time.