Testimony has begun in the Anthony Sowell murder trial. DNA expert Dr. Nasir Butt of the County Medical Examiner's Office was first on the stand.
Dr. Nasir testified that a condom found wrapped in the blanket that a victim was buried in had insufficient DNA for testing.
Item after item tested for DNA in the Sowell investigation did not contain enough DNA to allow testing.
Dr. Nasir said the extreme conditions of heat, and being buried underground, would degrade DNA so the finding was not unexpected.
Victim Diane Turner's DNA was found on a sheet taken from Sowell's home, but the remaining sheet DNA tested was inconclusive.
He also testified that vaginal swabs from victim Latundra Billup's body did not contain identifiable Sowell DNA.
Lt. Michael Baumiller took the stand following the morning break. He conducted a taped interview with Sowell after his arrest. The tape of Sowell's interview was then played for jurors. In the tape, Sowell appears resigned, occasionally dabbing sweat with a shirt. He was also cuffed to a chair by one arm.
Sowell was given a cigarette and coffee and is being reread his Miranda rights. He then agreed to talk to the officers. The discussion is general. Who lives at the Imperial Avenue home, his mother's location and health. The audio on the tape is hard to understand.
Sowell described meeting Talisia Billups at a store, buying dope, going to his house and staying all day. He said sex was consensual. Sowell was animated as he described a sexual encounter with Billups. He said she wanted to whip him with an extension cord.
He claimed Billups was a frequent visitor to his home, but they only had sex two times. He also said she came to get high and drink his beer.
Sowell said the anger started when he broke up with a girlfriend he had loved and tried to help her get off drugs. When she did, she got a job and left him.
Sowell faces the death penalty if convicted of murdering eleven women. The bodies of the victims were found in and around Sowell's Imperial Avenue home in late 2009.
CLICK HERE to read the entire transcripts of Anthony Sowell's interrogation.
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:35:57 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears an disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:38:49 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at...More >>
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:20:30 GMT
An accident combined with interstate roadwork causes headaches for motorists Saturday afternoon in Rankin county. Traffic was practically brought to a standstill on I-20 in Pearl at the Airport Road exitMore >>
An accident combined with interstate roadwork causes headaches for motorists Saturday afternoon in Rankin County.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201