Fate of Enock Quewezance in judge's hands as murder trial ends
Justice Daniel Konkin must decide what to make of DNA evidence
It's a case that comes down to DNA evidence.
Specifically, what to make of 33 human hairs clutched in a dead man's hand.
"The DNA unlocks the 21-year-old mystery of who killed Ernest Quewezance," prosecutor Kim Humphries said.
"The hair points to the identity of the perpetrator."
DNA is not magic
Defense lawyer Morris Bodnar says that DNA evidence is just that — evidence.
"It's not magic," he said. "It's just hair at a crime scene."
You can stab and kill a person without leaving DNA evidence.- Morris Bodnar, defense lawyer
Bodnar said the hair does not tell what happened before Ernest Taypotat died.
It does not show how the men were connected, or if they were, or offer any motive.
It doesn't allow for the possibility that Quewezance came across Taypotat after he had been stabbed by another person who left no trace.
"You can stab a person without leaving DNA evidence," he said.
Justice Daniel Konkin will give his ruling on May 6.