The case against NYPD officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata in the rape of an East Village woman was complicated by testimony about DNA, or at least the defense would have you believe. An NYPD criminalist said that head and pubic hairs taken from the accused do not match DNA from the woman’s bed where she alleges the rape took place, though semen stains were taken from her used mattress and a pillow case, where other semen stains tend to be in the beds of sexually active people, even remaining after washes. A stray hair from a blanket also did not match the officers. “There is plenty of forensic evidence in this case,” explained a defense attorney. “But none of it’s from our guys.” That’s not the end of the story.
Experts clarified that semen stains could stick around “for years,” while another criminalist said, “if a condom was used, of course, semen would not be present.” Additionally, “Why is it that you may not find pubic hairs?” the prosecutor asked. “The person may not be shedding hairs at the moment,” the expert answered.
Other testimony thus far has seemed both much more damning and less easily explained.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 20, 2011