Dutch forensic expert joins US murder case
Dutch forensic specialist Richard Eikelenboom will appear as an expert witness in a US trial of infanticide. An expert in trace DNA, Eikelenboom will testify to the validity of DNA evidence against Casey Anthony in the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
In 2008, Caylee’s dead body was found wrapped in plastic in the trunk of her 25-year-old mother’s car. Casey is accused of murdering the child based on evidence including traces of skin cells, blood, hair and other body material.
Eikelenboom, along with his wife Selma, run Independent Forensic Services, a research lab based in Zwolle. Their services have been used in the US in the past, reported de Telegraaf on Thursday. In 2008, the two provided DNA testing in a US case that set free a man previously sentenced to life for murder.
Other Dutch forensic experts have also assisted in foreign investigations. In 2010, a Verliabs forensic team travelled to Congo to help determine the cause of death of rights activist Floribert Chebeya. Chebeya was found bound and dead in the backseat of his car.
The case against Casey Anthony has generated immense media interest in the US with some likening its attention to that of the 1995 OJ Simpson trial.
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