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Prosecutors Can Use Dog DNA Evidence at Owner’s Murder Trial

Posted Jan 7, 2011 2:27 PM CDT
By Mark Hansen

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Prosecutors in Wisconsin have won the right to use DNA evidence from an accused killer's dog at the defendant's upcoming murder trial.

Michael Haydon, 44, is charged with the 2003 murder of a Rib Mountain, Wis., who Haydon suspected was sleeping with his estranged girlfriend, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.

The victim, a long-distance truck driver, was found murdered in his semitrailer along an interstate exit ramp near Stevens Point in 2003, police say.

Prosecutors want to introduce evidence in the case that dog hairs found in the victim's cab share the same DNA profile as Haydon's German shepherd, Boomer.

Haydon's lawyer had sought unsuccessfully to suppress the evidence on the grounds that other dogs with similar DNA profiles may have contaminated the crime scene.

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