News: Lil Wayne Gun Case Continues W/ DNA Dispute
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009 5:35PM
Lil Wayne's 2007 felony gun case is reportedly holding hearings to rule on whether or not DNA samples will be accepted in determining the rapper's innocence.
Weezy appeared in court today (October 21) for the DNA hearing.
Lil Wayne is appearing in a Manhattan courtroom, but DNA science is taking center stage. A hearing on a DNA profiling technique used in the rapper's 2007 gun-possession case started Wednesday. It concerns a process used for identifying people from tiny amounts of DNA -- including some that prosecutors say ties the Grammy Award-winner to a gun found on his tour bus after a concert. The hearing aims to establish whether what's known as low copy number DNA profiling has general scientific acceptance. (Associated Press)
Details on today's gathering have landed online.
"They started Frye hearings regarding the DNA sample taken from the gun. It is a discussion about [scientific] evidence and the evidence being discussed is a sample of DNA," Manhattan District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Tracy Golden explains to E! News. Wayne's defense attorney, Stacey Richmond, is expected to dispute prosecutors' assertions that the profiling system, which is based on a low copy number, is accepted by the scientific community. (E! Online)
Lil Wayne reportedly hired a former FBI geneticist to help him in his New York felony gun case and prove his innocence over the summer.
Lil Wayne is hoping Bruce Budowle will get him off the hook for the .40-caliber semiautomatic cops grabbed from his tour bus near Columbus Circle two years ago.Wayne has hired him in hopes of challenging the DNA test that matched him to cells swabbed off the gun. Budowle is set to argue that, with too few cells to test conventionally, Manhattan prosecutors relied instead on a problematic test called low copy number typing, according to court papers. (The New York Post)
A New York judge previously decided to re-open a hearing concerning the weapon found on Weezy's tour bus in 2007 after learning of an alleged conversation he had with a police officer.
Wayne appeared before a Manhattan Superior Court Judge for his gun-possession charge stemming from a 2007 arrest, but did not speak as his lawyer filed a motion for additional discovery that will see the arresting officer called into court. His legal team and the state's attorney met with the judge in private last week and it was determined the hearing of the original witnesses would be reopened. (MTV)
No further details have been revealed as of now.