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Published October 31, 2013, 02:35 PM

Forensics expert says murder victim's fingerprint was in Troxel's car

THIEF RIVER FALLS — A forensic scientist with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime lab in Bemidji gave testimony Thursday in the murder trial of Jedidiah Troxel.

By: Justin Glawe, Grand Forks Herald

THIEF RIVER FALLS — A forensic scientist with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime lab in Bemidji gave testimony Thursday in the murder trial of Jedidiah Troxel.

Tonya Lindbery, with the BCA for the last six years, analyzed a partial fingerprint on the passenger window of Troxel's car. Lindbery compared the evidence with fingerprints from the body of Tanya Kazmierczak, who prosecutors say was stabbed to death by Troxel last August.

Troxel's lawyer, Kip Fontaine, emphasized the partial aspect of the print, asking Lindbery if a full print would have proven it belonged to someone else.

Lindbery stood by her assessment that the partial print lifted from Troxel's car came from Kazmierczak's right middle finger.

More testimony from at least one BCA investigator is expected to continue this afternoon in Troxel's trial, in its third day in the Pennington County Courthouse.

Troxel is charged with first-degree murder involving criminal sexual conduct in the death of Kazmierczak, a mother of three whose body was found near a bridge off Pennington County Road 7 on Aug. 26, 2012.

Two other fingerprints were found on the inside of the same window in Troxel's 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse, but they matched neither him, nor Kazmierczak.

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