Haruka Wesier and Meechaiel Criner


Judge Tosses Out DNA Evidence Ahead of Haruka Weiser Murder Trial

June 20, 2018 - 5:31 pm

AUSTIN (NBCDFW) - A Travis County criminal court judge has tossed out DNA evidence ahead of the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. 

KXAN-TV reports defense attorneys for Meechaiel Criner, a runaway accused of killing student Haruka Weiser as she walked to her dorm in 2016, argued that new software being used by the Texas Department of Public Safety to analyze DNA is not reliable. 

"The main piece of evidence in question were swabs from Weiser's thigh that did not show Criner's DNA," KXAN reported. "A second swab was analyzed by hand and came up inconclusive because the amounts of genetic material were too low. But when that swab was analyzed using STRmix, the machine said analysts couldn't rule out the possibility that the DNA was Criner's." 

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