Attorneys Debate Reliability of DNA Evidence as Teen Murder Trial Continues

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The trial continued before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Yolanda A. Tanner on July 2 for the 2021 murder of 18-year-old Kozee Spriggs, with testimony focused on DNA evidence found in the defendant’s rental car.

Kevin Dudley, 41, represented by Anne-Marie Gering, faces two charges of first-degree murder, and one charge each of firearm use in a felony violent crime and firearm possession with a felony conviction in relation to the murder on June 3, 2021.

A DNA analyst for the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) testified that swabs from the trunk liner of Dudley’s rental vehicle were tested and allegedly found to be consistent with Spriggs’ DNA, compared to DNA of two other unknown individuals.

The defense raised the possibility that a transfer of skin cells from an item that already had Spriggs’ DNA on it could have resulted in Spriggs’ DNA allegedly being found on the trunk liner. The DNA analyst said this would be unlikely due to the accuracy of the analysis, but not impossible.

According to documents from the District Court of Maryland, Spriggs’s decomposing body was found on June 15, 2021, in the backyard of a residence on the 1300 block of Ensor Street. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the back of her head.

CCTV footage showed a red Chrysler turning to an alleyway adjacent to the location of the victim’s body on June 3. Two people were allegedly seen leaving the vehicle and getting a third person out of the trunk while moving together toward an adjacent yard. Afterward, the first two individuals were seen returning to the car and they fled the scene.

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