Dennis Oland murder trial examines forensic evidence

A forensic identification officer who collected more than 560 pieces of forensic evidence is testifying for the fourth day at the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland.

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A forensic identification officer who collected more than 560 pieces of forensic evidence is testifying for the fourth day at the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland.

Oland is accused of killing his father Richard Oland in his office in Saint John, N.B., on July 6, 2011.

Sgt. Mark Smith of the Saint John Police Force described for the Court of Queen’s Bench the search for blood in Dennis Oland’s Volkswagen Golf more than a week later.

Smith testified that 11 locations in the car were tested for possible blood using a hemastick on July 14, 2011, but only a few gave weak or very weak indications.

Other tests using chemical sprays to show the presence of blood produced no results at all.

Smith said a red reuseable grocery bag was seized from the trunk, along with a number of receipts and other papers from the interior of the car.

Earlier Monday, Smith described his collection of various DNA samples in Richard Oland’s office three days after the murder.

He says he found blood spatter almost three metres from where the businessman’s body was found.

Smith says he also checked the washroom outside Oland’s office and found a stained piece of paper towel in the garbage that tested positive for blood. Other police officers had been using that washroom for the previous two days, he said

Asked by the Crown if that concerned him, Smith said it did but he continued his search.

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