A judge says an Army artillery officer linked by DNA to a string of sexual assaults on young girls will be allowed to blame his twin brother at trial for attacks in two states.
District Judge David Shakes ruled Friday it would be “inappropriate” to bar 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas’ attorneys from presenting his identical twin as an alternate suspect given the siblings’ shared DNA, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
“Whether it’s persuasive or not — that’s not my role,” the judge said. “It’s the role of the jury.”
In criminal prosecutions, DNA is widely considered a smoking gun, but only in the absence of an identical twin.
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