DNA evidence attacked in rape trial of former St. Paul’s School student

New Hampshire Union Leader

New Hampshire Union Leader

CONCORD — The prosecution Tuesday afternoon rested its case in the Merrimack County Superior Court trial of Owen Labrie, accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at St. Paul’s School during graduation week 2014.

Defense attorney J. W. Carney said Labrie will take the stand today.

The final prosecution witnesses were two criminalists from the New Hampshire State Police Laboratory.

Kevin G. McMahon said testing found a “strong indication of semen” in a small sample taken from the alleged victim’s underwear. He turned the testing over to a DNA expert.

Criminalist Katie Swango performed tests on a larger fabric swatch from the underpants, which the defense contends were never removed during the alleged encounter between the freshman girl and Labrie, now 19, who was a graduating senior.

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