Taypotat murder

The body of 26-year-old Ernest Taypotat was found in the street of the 400 block of Avenue T South in August, 1992. (Saskatoon Police Service)

A Saskatoon murder trial seems to hinge on a clump of hair found in a dead man's fist more than twenty years ago.

26-year-old Ernest Taypotat was fatally stabbed in August, 1992.

His body was found lying in the street on the 400 block of Avenue T South.

In 2011, Enock Quewezance was charged with second degree murder in the case. It wasn't until that year that new DNA procedures allowed police to pick up the case.

On the stand, Forensic Identification Sergeant. Sharon Blomquist said the hair found in Taypotat's fist and on his face matches Quewezance.

The DNA match only came up after it was run through a national RCMP database.

Other DNA at the scene, including blood samples and the murder weapon came up as inconclusive.

"It's strange that you would send blood samples in, and not find DNA," said Bodnar as he cross-examined Sgt. Blomquist.

Police arrested another man at the time, but DNA evidence led prosecutors to abandon the charge in 1993.

This morning, Quewezance's niece took the stand.

Lavon Cote lived with the accused in the summer of 1992.

She described her uncle as "scrawny man who had a mullet."

Cote says Quewezance showed no outward signs of involvement in something as traumatic as killing another man. She says it was an "ordinary summer."

She says that Quewezance worked the summer helping take care of horses at Marquis Downs, a local racetrack.

The trial continues.