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MISSISSIPPI CRIME LABORATORY

DATE ANALYSIS PERFORMED: 11/4/2014

Andrew Needham, FTEE
Jackson Laboratory
Jackson, MS 39205
601-987-XXXX (FAX 601-987-XXXX)

Analysis: Trace Evidence Analysis; Mobile Device Analysis

Case #: 003599-30J-2014

Case Description: Kelly Moran Homicide Investigation

Investigative Agency: Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department

Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy, Det. T. Armstrong

 

Summary of Preliminary Evidence Analysis

Evidence # and Description

Findings

003599-01: One (1) feather recovered from the floor 6.2" north and 2.5" west of the victim's right foot

Identified as Melopsittacus undulatus or budgerigar (common pet parakeet) by Dr. John Trott, ornithologist, University of Mississippi in Oxford


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003599-02: One (1) feather recovered from the floor 3.4" south and 9.7" west of the victim's right foot

Identified as Melopsittacus undulatus or budgerigar (common pet parakeet) by Dr. John Trott, ornithologist, University of Mississippi in Oxford


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003599-03: One (1) cell phone, recovered from under the south seat cushion on the sofa where the victim was found

Device is a prepaid, no contract cellular telephone. No identifying information was recovered beyond the internal call log.


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003599-09: One (1) prescription medication bottle containing twelve (12) tablets, prescribed to Kelly Moran

Twelve (12) tablets identified by GC-MS analysis as a 5/325 oxycodone/acetaminophen formulation sold as Percocet


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003599-10-02: One (1) cell phone

Device is cellular phone on contract with AT&T. Contract in the name of Kelly S Moran. Call and SMS logs, digital photos and other data recovered are consistent with Kelly Moran.


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003599-10-06: One (1) small pill box containing seven (7) tablets

Seven (7) tablets identified by GC-MS analysis as a 5/325 oxycodone/acetaminophen formulation sold as Percocet


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003599-11: One (1) candle safe containing two (2) $100 bills, twenty-seven (27) $20 bills, thirteen (13) $10 bills

Candle is 4" in diameter, 6" tall, made of vegetable wax, includes a metal storage compartment where the cash was recovered, and is available for retail purchase. Bills are authentic US currency and are unremarkable.


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003599-12: glass shards collected from in front of the exterior door in the south wall Glass is consistent with the window glass in the door adjacent to where the shards were recovered
003599-30: One (1) 52 cm brown hair recovered from the victim's clothing at autopsy Hair is human and undyed. Hair is not consistent with the victim. Additional analyses possible, pending investigative developments.
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  • Was just wondering about the 52cm long strand of hair. It says that it was human and undyed. Karen West has long dark hair. So does that strand of hair belong to Karen.? At this point there appears to be room for suspicion with both Karen and Lorraine. The detectives said at the end of Lorraines 2nd interview, that they will clean up the video and may ask her to come back in.
    I've just gone back to check on some details, and the pharmacy was open until 9pm, and Lorraine said she worked alone until 11pm, but Russell reported Kellys death at 8.08pm. So wouldn't that give Lorraine an alibi, not unless she had left the pharmacy for a meal break.???

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