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No DeMocker DNA found at murder scene



PRESCOTT - An expert witness called by the prosecution in Steven DeMocker's murder trial told the jury Tuesday that she found none of his DNA in samples taken from the crime scene.

DeMocker is accused of beating to death with a golf club his ex-wife, Carol Kennedy, on July 2, 2008. He's maintained his innocence from the start.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Supervising Criminalist Kortney Snider took the stand Tuesday. Snider was asked to come to the Kennedy murder scene to collect blood and cellular samples for DNA testing.

She said she'd been given samples from DeMocker, Kennedy, and James Knapp, who had been staying in Kennedy's guest house.

"Did you locate Steven DeMocker's DNA on anything you tested?" Deputy County Attorney Jeff Paupore asked.

Snider said the only place she found it was from a drop on a bicycle tire pump that DeMocker carried on his mountain bike.

She also said she did not find a match for Knapp's DNA in the house.

As he has with many witnesses, defense attorney Craig Williams asked Snider when she was told DeMocker was a suspect. She said that at about 3:50 a.m. on July 3, she got a phone call referencing the "residence where the suspect lives" and that the "suspect's house may have evidence" inside.

He asked if she checked for DNA evidence from the guest house, where Knapp lived.

"I did not step into the guest house," Snider replied.

When Williams asked about a deadbolt door lock and what DNA evidence she found on it, she said testing "excluded" DeMocker but that Knapp "could not be excluded."

Paupore noted that DeMocker had done laundry the night of the murder, and asked if that would have removed DNA evidence from his clothing.

"That is the job of the washing machine," to clean clothes, she replied.

The jury also saw the end of an interview DeMocker did with YCSO Det. Doug Brown the night of the murder. Near the end of the video, as 3 a.m. approached, Brown told him that "there's a lot of time that you're out" and for which he has no alibi.

"We have a suspicious death," he said in the recording. "And right now we don't have any other person."

"I was not there," DeMocker told him.

Other testimony Tuesday included a former golf shop employee from Phoenix who testified that DeMocker bought a Callaway 7-wood club from his store in 2003. The prosecution contends that this was the murder weapon, although it has never been found.

Testimony continues today.

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