Must Lab Technician Who Created DNA Profile Testify at Trial When Test Showing Match to That Profile Offered as Evidence?
Defendant Asserts Constitutional Right to Confront, Cross Examine Analyst
State of Ohio v. Daniel Arden Keck II, Case no. 2011-0686
Fourth District Court of Appeals (Washington County)
ISSUE: In a criminal trial where the state introduces laboratory test results that purport to show a match between a known sample of the defendant's DNA and DNA recovered from a victim or crime scene, do the confrontation clauses of the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions require the state to present in-court testimony not only by the analyst who compared the crime scene evidence to the defendant's DNA sample, but also by a different analyst who processed the defendant's DNA sample?