Three fingerprints taken from the Routier home are of special interest. One of the prints was left in blood on the glass coffee table in the family room. A second bloody print was found on the utility room door. A third latent print was identified and lifted below the bloody print on the door.
A number of experts have excluded Darlie as the source of any of these prints. One expert, contracted by the prosecution, contends that one of Darlie’s fingers cannot be identified or excluded as the source of the bloody print on the glass table. All other members of the Routier family, as well as officers and paramedics have been excluded. One of Darlie’s appeals attorneys, J. Stephen Cooper, stated that a minimum of three experts have excluded Darlie as a source of that particular print.
Darlie has been excluded as a source of the prints on the utility room door. The federal appeals court has granted Darlie permission to have the prints run through existing fingerprint databases. Unfortunately, this process has been delayed until after the state of Texas conducts testing on other items.
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