Report: DNA doesn't match murder suspects

May 9, 2009 10:27:14 AM PDT
A report in a local newspaper says DNA found under a murder victim's nails doesn't match suspects'.According to a published report in the Charlotte Observer, DNA found under UNC Charlotte student Irina "Ira" Yarmolenko's fingernails doesn't match either of the suspects currently charged with first-degree murder.

Yarmolenko was found on May 5, 2008, strangled beside her car on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly where authorities say she had gone to take photos.

A defense motion reveals DNA from first-degree murder suspects, 40-year-old Mark Carver and 54-year-old Neal Cassada Jr., was found inside 20-year-old student's car.

Lawyers for the two cousins charged have filed motions asking their $100,000 bail be reduced or current house arrest conditions be lifted.

Prosecutors say they will fight those motions.


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