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Attorney questions qualifications of DNA expert in Eveleth stabbing case

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Two Harbors Minnesota 109 Waterfront Dr. 55616

The attorney for a Two Harbors man accused of stabbing to death a 20-year-old Cook woman is asking the court to dismiss a first-degree murder indictment against his client on several grounds, including alleging a history of sloppy science by a DNA expert for the prosecution.

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Jesaiah Lee Carlson was indicted by a grand jury in May in connection with the August 2007 stabbing death of Megan Ashley Anderson. Anderson was stabbed more than 20 times at midday while she worked alone at Durkee Signs & Graphics in Eveleth.

Prosecutors say DNA found on a knife in Carlson's car matched Anderson's, but defense attorney K. Scott Belfry said one of the scientists who testified about the DNA didn't tell jurors that she had a history of contaminating DNA samples and that she had been removed from case work.

Belfry is a member of the state public defender's trial team and has specialized training in cases involving DNA analysis.

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