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Castro trial turns to forensic evidence

Castro Trial Day 3

Posted: March 7, 2008 2:35 a.m.
Updated: May 8, 2008 5:02 a.m.
On day three of the trial of Esperanza Castro, attorneys focused their attention on forensic evidence gathered at the alleged crime scene.

Sheriff's deputies believe Castro killed her husband Ramon in the bedroom of their Canyon Country home in March 2006, then put his body in the bed of his pickup truck and left it under a Highway 14 overpass on Sierra Highway in Newhall.

Forensic investigator Flynn Lamas resumed his place on the witness stand Thursday to continue his testimony regarding blood spatter and footprint evidence found in and around the Evron Street house.

After a few final questions from Deputy District Attorney Paula Gonzales, defense attorney Peter Korn began his cross-examination of Lamas. He questioned Lamas about the size, shape, brand and direction of the numerous shoeprints found in the driveway and hallway of the house, and described the various locations where blood was found on the walls, carpet and mattress in the bedroom.

Lamas stated that he and two other investigators identified two sets of shoeprints at the scene, one that corresponded with a pair of Nike sneakers, and the other with a pair of Fila sneakers.

However, when Korn questioned him about a pair of blood-stained shoes taken into evidence, Lamas stated that they were neither Fila nor Nike brand, but Skechers.

The trial continues today.


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