BLOOMINGTON — A man serving 74 years in the 2009 murder of a 24-year-old man in a Bloomington mobile home park has asked approval for DNA testing on evidence collected by police.
In his handwritten motion filed Friday, Nicholas Brooks seeks forensic testing on six pieces of evidence, including a pillowcase containing a mixture of DNA profiles and unidentified fingerprints collected from a van owned by the victim, Johnny Turnpaugh.
The 24-year-old victim was found in his mobile home on the city's south side about two weeks after he was reported missing in July 2009.
In arguments at Brooks' sentencing hearing, a prosecutor described the defendant's actions as "a callous, brutal, heinous crime."
Unidentified fingerprints found on a door at the crime scene and a hair sample also should be tested, Brooks said in the court filing.
According to testimony from a state forensic scientist at Brooks' 2010 trial, Brooks' DNA and fingerprints were not found in the victim's home or van. Former prosecutor Bill Workman argued that a suspect can avoid leaving behind forensic evidence by cleaning surfaces and wearing gloves.
A Dec. 18 hearing is scheduled to review the status of Brooks' petition and a possible challenge to his request by the state.