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Officer tells of collecting samples after witnessing autopsy

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 03, 2013

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A police officer collected oral and anal swabs and smears after witnessing an autopsy, a Supreme Court jury heard.

Constable Bruce Chisholm testified Thursday in the murder trial of Kofhe Goodman, who is accused of killing 11-year-old Marco Archer between September 23 and 28, 2011.

Goodman, who is also known as Edwardo Ferguson, has pleaded not guilty to the charge at his trial before Justice Bernard Turner.

Police found the decomposing remains of a naked male in bushes behind an apartment complex on September 28, five days after Archer failed to return home.

Chisholm said he watched as Dr. Caryn Sands performed an autopsy on the body of an unidentified male on September 29.

Chisholm said Sands gave him a sexual offense kit that contained anal and oral swabs.

Chisholm said he submitted the specimens to the lab and requested that they be examined for semen, spermatozoa and DNA on September 30.

He said Sands gave him tissue samples which he submitted for DNA profiling to determine the identity of the deceased.

Chisholm testified that he collected a sheet and plastic bag from the pathologist as well.

The court heard in previous testimony that the body was found in a sheet with a plastic bag over its head.

Chisholm said he placed the sheet and the bag outside the Crime Scene Office on Thompson Boulevard, so that it could dry properly as the items contained maggots and gas.

The case continues before Justice Bernard Turner at 11 a.m. today.

Garvin Gaskin, the deputy director of public prosecutions, is the lead prosecutor.

Goodman remains on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons.

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