DNA expert links some evidence to suspects in Rideout murder

July 12, 2017 11:27 PM

A DNA expert testifying in court on Wednesday has linked evidence to some of the suspects in the Craig Rideout murder trial.

The Penfield father was found in Yates County last summer; his body was wrapped in a tarp.

The suspects, Craig Rideout's estranged wife Laura, her boyfriend Paul Tucci and Rideout's sons Colin and Alex are being tried together.


For eleven days, prosecutors have presented cart loads of evidence to the jury to show how the four suspects were involved in the strangulation death of Craig Rideout.

Up until now, jurors have only seen the bloody clothing found in garbage bags in the basement of the murder scene and in the trunk of a car parked in Mendon Ponds Park. They never heard whose clothes they were or if DNA could prove it.

But the DNA experts also tied certain items of clothing to two of the suspects: Colin Rideout and Laura Rideout.

Wednesday, a forensic expert testified that blood found on most of the clothing was Craig Rideout's, the victim, but there was a pair of boxer shorts that the expert says he found Colin Rideout's blood on it.

"How did it get there?" questioned defense attorney Matt Parinello. "No one will ever be able to say how that blood got there."

Jurors also heard that DNA connected Laura Rideout to a pair of jeans with blood splattered on the leg. But the defense has complained there was cross contamination because all the clothes were laid out on a tarp and mixed together.

"This expert that testified earlier today indicated that she cleaned every surface after she tested an item," said defense attorney Michael Schiano. "And clearly, if she did that then what happens to the top of the tarp? So that's going to be an issue we'll raise."


Rebecca Leclair

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