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Testimony: Most DNA on clothing matches bank robbery suspect

Testimony: Most DNA on clothing matches bank robbery suspect

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BLOOMINGTON - A forensic scientist on Wednesday testified most of the DNA left on clothing found near the scenes of two Twin City bank robberies matches DNA from a Bloomington man charged in the 2004 heists.

Aby Moeykens of the Bode Technology Group said 34-year-old David Silas wore the jersey, baseball hat, sweatpants and black mask found near the banks.

But under questioning from Silas, who is representing himself in his trial, Moeykens said there were mixed DNA profiles found on all the clothing except the sweatpants.

Moeykens said she could not pinpoint when Silas wore the clothing or when the other genetic material was left on the clothing. Silas has acknowledged he once owned the clothing, but says he donated it to a homeless shelter shortly before the bank robberies.

Someone else wore the clothes while robbing the banks, Silas said during opening statements of his trial on charges of financial institution robbery.

Silas is accused of using a BB pistol to rob Bank One, 413 E. Washington St., and National City Bank, 1332 Empire St. in August 2004.

Reginald Berry, who testified Silas robbed Bank One with him, is serving five years in federal prison for the crime, which netted about $15,000 cash.

Although Silas brought up the mixture of DNA on the clothes during his cross-examination of Moeykens on Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Sandra Thompson pointed out Silas was the only contributor for DNA found on the sweatpants.

The pants were found in a yard a few blocks away from National City not far from where police also recovered a BB pistol.


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