Cal­gary triple mur­der trial hears DNA found at sus­pect’s farm

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA/BUSINESS -

DNA ev­i­dence was found on a hack­saw, meat hooks, rub­ber boots and in a piece of bi­o­log­i­cal ma­te­rial re­cov­ered from the prop­erty of a sus­pect on trial in the deaths of a cou­ple and their grand­son, court heard Tues­day.

Dou­glas Gar­land, 57, is charged with first-de­gree mur­der re­lated to the dis­ap­pear­ance of Alvin and Kathy Lik­nes and five-yearold Nathan O’Brien from their Cal­gary home in June 2014.

The child’s mother tes­ti­fied ear­lier in the trial that she found pools of blood when she came to pick up her son af­ter a sleep­over with his grand­par­ents fol­low­ing their es­tate sale. But the Lik­ne­ses and Nathan were gone.

RCMP foren­sic ex­pert Vi­vian Mohrbut­ter tes­ti­fied Tues­day that there was DNA ev­i­dence from all three in the home. Swabs of blood were taken through­out the home, from a 45-pound dumb­bell found in the garage as well as from out­side on a side­walk.

Mohrbut­ter said that was also the case at the Gar­land farm near Air­drie, north of Cal­gary, where DNA from the adults and the child was found on a pair of rub­ber boots.

“The pro­file ob­tained was de­ter­mined to be of mixed ori­gin con­sis­tent with hav­ing orig­i­nated from at least two in­di­vid­u­als. The pro­file of the ma­jor com­po­nent I de­ter­mined matched the ... known sam­ple from Nathan O’Brien,’’ said Mohrbut­ter.

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