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July 19, 2013

Fingerprints, blood analyzed in Pollard trial


But, prosecutor Scott Brown said, the sliding bolt lock on the inside of the front door could be operated by anyone without a key.

Chapman was given two sets of pornographic DVD cases, photos of fingerprints and a pry bar (the alleged murder weapon) from the Promise Center and fingerprints and a metal cash box from Cinema X.

The cash box yielded one identifiable fingerprint, that of McDaniel. Defense attorney Natasha O'Hollearn emphasized the fact that Pollard's fingerprints were not identified on the cash box, since prosecutors allege he stole money from the theater after killing McDaniel.

Pollard's fingerprints were identified on one of the DVD cases found at the Promise Center and McDaniel's fingerprint was found on another.

The next set of DVD cases tested yielded fingerprints from Pollard and McDaniel.

The fingerprint found in dust in the storage area upstairs at the Promise Center matched Pollard's.

Out of the 14 fingerprints lifted from Cinema X, eight were suitable for identification, he said, though none matched Pollard or McDaniel.

No identifiable fingerprints were found on the pry bar, Chapman said, though that is often the case with tools since they are handled so much and fingerprints can be easily smeared.

"The ... impressions section of the Iowa crime lab finds fingerprints of value on approximately 15 percent of all items we look at," Chapman said. "That means in 85 percent of the evidence we process we find nothing of value."

Ottumwa Investigator Steve Harris took the stand again while the court listened to an audio recording of an interview he had with Pollard on March 16, 2012, the day after he was arrested.

After discussing the seizures Pollard had had in the week prior and where he had been staying and hanging out, Harris said, "I'm very confident that you killed Kenny."

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