Home invastion case hinges on DNA test results

Criminal proceedings against a man charged in connection with a violent home invasion now swing on results from DNA testing.

Criminal proceedings against a man charged in connection with a violent home invasion now swing on results from DNA testing.

Jason Eljas Holkko, 25, was arrested on April 2, 2012, in connection with a incident at a home in the Kentwood subdivision of Red Deer.

RCMP allege that two masked and armed men entered the house looking for someone who was not there. The suspects are alleged to have bound and beaten five people who were in the house before robbing them of a variety of goods, including a pickup truck.

Currently in custody on charges arising from the incident, Holkko appeared in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday to confirm his plea of not guilty and set a trial date.

However, defence counsel John MacNaughton asked that proceedings be adjourned for another month to give he and his client time to review the results of a DNA analysis he has recently received.

Holkko is due back in court on Monday, Sept. 9.

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