SANFORD — A defense blood pattern expert testified Tuesday that someone else's blood — not the victims' and not the defendant's — were in several rooms at the scene of two bloody knife murders in an Altamonte Springs trailer park in 2004.
It belonged to Samantha Williams, a family member to the mother and daughter who were killed.
Defense attorneys say she — and not death-row inmate Clemente Javier "Shorty" Aguirre — is the killer. They are in Day 2 of a two-week hearing, hoping to convince Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler to throw out Aguirre's murder convictions and death sentences.
Williams is scheduled to testify today.
Killed were Williams' mother, 47-year-old Cheryl A. Williams, and wheelchair-bound grandmother, 68-year-old Carol Bareis.
They were found stabbed to death in their home June 17, 2004. Cheryl Williams had been stabbed 129 times. Bareis had been stabbed twice.
Aguirre was their next-door neighbor.
Defense attorneys say new DNA tests turned up eight drops of blood at the crime scene that belong to Samantha Williams.
Prosecutors do not dispute the new test results, but they contend that does not mean Aguirre's conviction should be thrown out.
Defense crime-scene expert Barie Goetz testified Tuesday about several of the blood drops belonging to Samantha Williams that were found scattered throughout the house, including on the kitchen floor, on a bathroom wall and in the living room.
He theorized that she was injured and bleeding then walked to a bathroom to check on her wound and clean up.
But Assistant State Attorney Ken Nunnelley pointed out that Williams lived at the house, too, although the night of the slayings she spent the night with her boyfriend.
He also asked Goetz: Do you have any evidence that Samantha Williams was injured and bleeding the night of the slayings?
Goetz's answer: No.
Sitting in the courtroom were John Restivo, a wrongfully-convicted New York murder and rape suspect who was exonerated in 2005. Seated next to him were the parents of Wilton Dedge, a Brevard County man who served 22 years in prison before being exonerated in 2004 for a 1981 rape.
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