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October 25, 2011

MSP scientist: Blood on scissors likely Carly's

TRAVERSE CITY — Nicole Graham, a Lansing-based forensic scientist with the Michigan State Police, testified today that blood found on a pair of scissors likely belonged to murder victim Carly Lewis, based on DNA testing.

Police believe accused killer Robert Jensen Schwander, 18, stabbed Carly, 16, with the scissors, which were found broken apart in a Beitner Street hut that Schwander used as a temporary residence.

Schwander’s attorney contends the suspect accidently strangled Carly after the two argued in June. A forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on Carly’s body said she died as a result of a deep stab wound.

The trial continues this afternoon in 13th Circuit Court, when Schwander’s attorney is expected to present his case.

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