Motions hearing continues in Bluml murder case

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

WICHITA, Kan.-- Four defendants were back in court today with each of their defense attorneys. All are charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of Melissa and Roger Bluml.

Judge Jeffrey Goering said in the motions hearing today that he is considering having a defense expert in the DNA testing lab to monitor the process instead of allowing videotaping.

Defense attorneys are arguing that it is necessary to have an independent expert inside the lab.

"If the lab is doing their work appropriately, there's not going to be a problem and they should have no concern about somebody coming in and watching," said Jeff Wicks, defense attorney:

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said this was unnecessary and is the first time he has heard of such a request.

"When it comes to capital murder charge, tha's when motions like this get argued," said Bennett. "Certainly there's going to be somebody who's going to be on trial for a lesser charge or a differnet charge [and ask] if they did it in this case, why not in mine?"

The judge is expected to make a ruling in two weeks and the motions hearing will resume at that time.

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