Criminal – DNA – Self-defense

Supreme Judicial Court

November 30, 2022

Where a defendant convicted of first-degree murder filed a motion under G.L.c. 278A seeking DNA testing of fingernail clippings collected from the victim’s body during an autopsy to support his contention that the victim was the first aggressor and that the defendant acted in self-defense, a judge’s decision to deny that motion should be reversed …

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