Oklahoma County prosecutors linked a murder suspect's DNA to two crime scenes. Robert Hashagan is currently on trial for first-degree murder. Prosecutors allege he killed his neighbor, 94-year-old Evelyn Goodall in 2013.
Hashagen’s attorney Clay Curtis said on Thursday his client had no involvement in the assault and killing of his neighbor.
Thursday marked the third day for jurors to listen to witness testimony. They heard from Oklahoma City police and OSBI DNA analysts.
Both agencies tested evidence taken from Goodall's home when she was burglarized and assaulted in 2010 and in 2013.
Hashagen is only charged for the 2013 assault that killed the elderly woman.
“We do know Ms. Goodall, she certainly was assaulted,” Curtis said. “It just was not by Hashagen.”
Prosecutors showed jurors several key pieces of evidence including a roll of toilet paper with a possible blood smudge and yellow liquid removed from below a furnace grate. DNA analysts testified that Hashagen could not be excluded as a potential DNA contributor.
One of the victim's bras from the 2010 attack was tested years later and again Hashagan's DNA was found to be on it.
The defense argued that Hashagen's DNA could have been transferred through other ways.
“There might be several legitimate reasons our DNA might be at the scene or in the victim’s house,” Curtis said. “Again, she borrowed our fan, we had been over there numerous times, we know her, our family knows her.”
The defense said they have 10 witnesses who could potentially testify on Friday, along with Hashagen.