Preliminary forensics

MISSISSIPPI CRIME LABORATORY

DATE ANALYSIS PERFORMED:
7/16-21/2014

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

Analysis: Ballistics; Serology; Fingerprint Analysis; Trace Evidence Analysis

Case #: 002223-14G-2014

Case Description: Andrew Fine homicide investigation

Investigative Agency: Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department

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

 

Summary of Preliminary Evidence Analysis

Body Scene

002223-01: One (1) brown western-style leather men's wallet, with cowboy and bronco embossed on front; recovered from decedent's right rear pants pocket

  • Wallet contents:
    • 002223-01-01: One (1) Mississippi driver's license issued to Andrew Fine
    • 002223-01-02: One (1) BancorpSouth Visa debit card issued to Andrew Fine
    • 002223-01-03: One (1) GameStop PowerUp Rewards® card
    • 002223-01-04: One (1) Blue Cross health insurance card issued to Andrew Fine
    • 002223-01-05 through 002223-01-08: Four (4) Laughlin Automotive & Body Shop business cards
    • 002223-01-09: One (1) Acceptance Insurance auto insurance card issued to Andrew Fine
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.



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002223-02: Colt Defender 90 lightweight .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, S/N , capacity 7 + 1 round, 5 rounds remaining; recovered with decedent's body

  • Findings:
    • The serial number records indicate the weapon (S/N DR21437) was purchased by Andrew Fine.
    • Five (5) rounds were found in the weapon, which holds a total of eight (8) rounds.
    • The five (5) rounds found in the weapon are consistent in caliber, manufacturer, and type with the three (3) spent casings recovered at the scene (Ev. # 002223-B01 through 002223-B03).
    • The five (5) rounds found in the weapon are consistent with .45 ACP Federal 230gr Hydra-Shok JHP ammunition.
    • The three (3) casings recovered at the scene and the three (3) bullets recovered during autopsy (Ev. # 002223-B04 through 002223-B06) are ballistic matches to this weapon.
    • Minuscule pieces of cloth recovered from the slide and trigger mechanisms. Submitted to Trace Evidence for further analysis.
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the magazine of the weapon.
  • Ballistics:
    • The three (3) casings recovered from soil surrounding the body (Ev. # 002223-B01 through 002223-B03):
      • are consistent with the five (5) rounds recovered in the weapon found with the body (Ev. # 002223-02).
      • are consistent with .45 ACP Federal 230gr Hydra-Shok JHP ammunition.
      • are ballistic matches to the weapon found with the body (Ev. # 002223-02).



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002223-03: One (1) 375-ml bottle Jack Daniels bourbon whiskey, 2/3 remaining; recovered with decedent's body

  • Findings:
    • Analysis of liquid contained in bottle found it consistent with bourbon whiskey.
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.



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002223-04: One (1) pocketknife; recovered with decedent's body

  • Findings:
    • Negative for human blood.
    • Soil samples from surface of knife collected for analysis
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.



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002223-05: One (1) set of keys; recovered with decedent's body

  • Findings:
    • Of the nine (9) keys on the main key ring,
      • one (1) is consistent with the lock on the Fine apartment door
      • five (5) are consistent with locks at the Fine family farmhouse and outbuildings
      • three (3) are unidentified
    • Of the five (5) keys on the secondary key ring,
      • five (5) are consistent with locks at Laughlin Automotive & Body Shop
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.



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Farmhouse

002223-07: One (1) sofa seat cushion, stained

  • Findings:
    • Stain # 002223-07-T01 consistent with beer.
    • Stain # 002223-07-T02 consistent with semen. DNA analysis pending.
    • Stain # 002223-07-T03 consistent with beer.
    • Stain # 002223-07-T04 consistent with cola.
    • Stain # 002223-07-T05 consistent with human blood, type B+. DNA analysis pending.



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002223-08: One (1) sofa back cushion, stained

  • Findings:
    • Stain # 002223-08-T01 consistent with beer.
    • Stain # 002223-08-T02 consistent with human blood, type B+. DNA analysis pending.
    • Stain # 002223-08-T03 consistent with human blood, type B+. DNA analysis pending.
    • Stain # 002223-08-T04 consistent with automotive grease.

002223-09 through 002223-65: Fifty-seven (57) Budweiser® beer bottles, empty

  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on twenty-one (21) bottles.



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002223-66: One (1) 750-ml Jack Daniels bourbon whiskey bottle, empty

  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the neck and body of the bottle.



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002223-67: One (1) 20-count box, .45 ACP Federal 230gr Hydra-Shok JHP ammunition, 4 rounds remaining

  • Findings:
    • The four (4) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the five (5) rounds found in the weapon recovered with the body (Ev. # 002223-02).
    • The four (4) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the three (3) casings recovered with the body (Ev. # 002223-B01 through 002223-B03).
    • The four (4) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the three (3) rounds recovered during autopsy (Ev. # 002223-B04 through 002223-B06).
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the exterior of the box.

002223-68: One (1) 10-count box, 12-gauge Remington shotgun shells, #4 shot, 2 shells remaining

  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the exterior of the box and on the shells inside the box.



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002223-69: One (1) white men's t-shirt, size large, stained

  • Findings:
    • Stain # 002223-69-T01 consistent with whiskey
    • Stain # 002223-69-T02 consistent with automotive grease
    • Stain # 002223-69-T03 consistent with human blood, type O+; DNA analysis pending
    • Stain # 002223-69-T04 consistent with tomato sauce
    • Stain # 002223-69-T05 consistent with beer
    • Stain # 002223-69-T06 consistent with gun oil
    • Stain # 002223-69-T07 consistent with cola
    • Stain # 002223-69-T08 consistent with soil
    • Stain # 002223-69-T09 consistent with beer
    • Stain # 002223-69-T10 consistent with lamp oil
    • Stain # 002223-69-T11 consistent with ketchup
    • Stain # 002223-69-T12 consistent with gun oil



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002223-70: One (1) black ladies panties, size large, torn

  • Findings:
    • Stain # 02182-70-T01 consistent with vaginal residue. DNA analysis pending.



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002223-71: One (1) blue plastic button

  • Findings:
    • Stain # 002223-71-T01 consistent with human blood, type B+. DNA analysis pending.



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002223-72: One (1) glass oil lantern

  • Findings:
    • Analysis of liquid content found it consistent with lamp oil.
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the base and globe of the lamp.



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002223-73: One (1) battery-powered ColemanTM lantern

  • Findings:
    • Soil residue was observed on the base of the lamp. Analysis pending.
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the base and switch of the lamp.



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002223-74: One (1) shovel, stained

  • Findings:
    • Soil residue was collected from the blade of the shovel. Analysis pending.
    • A smear was observed on the handle of the shovel. Substance is consistent with human blood, type B+. DNA analysis pending.
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the handle of the shovel.



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Trace Evidence

002223-T01: Samples of brown stain on interior door frame of west entrance to residence

  • Findings:
    • Stain consistent with human blood, type B+. DNA analysis pending.

002223-T02: Samples of brown stain on east wall of living room, above sofa

  • Findings:
    • Stain consistent with human blood, type B+. DNA analysis pending.

002223-T03: Samples of brown stain on living room floor

  • Findings:
    • Stain consistent with human blood, type B+. DNA analysis pending.

002223-T04: Samples of brown stain on kitchen countertop

  • Findings:
    • Stain consistent with cola.

Fine residence

002223-75: One (1) 20-count box, .45 ACP Federal 230gr Hydra-Shok JHP ammunition, 12 rounds remaining

  • Findings:
    • The twelve (12) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the five (5) rounds found in the weapon recovered with the body (Ev. # 002223-02).
    • The twelve (12) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the three (3) casings recovered with the body (Ev. # 002223-B01 through 002223-B03).
    • The twelve (12) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the three (3) rounds recovered during autopsy (Ev. # 002223-B04 through 002223-B06).
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the exterior of the box.

002223-76: One (1) 20-count box, .45 ACP Federal 230gr Hydra-Shok JHP ammunition, 20 rounds remaining

  • Findings:
    • The twenty (20) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the five (5) rounds found in the weapon recovered with the body (Ev. # 002223-02).
    • The twenty (20) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the three (3) casings recovered with the body (Ev. # 002223-B01 through 002223-B03).
    • The twenty (20) rounds remaining in the box are consistent with the three (3) rounds recovered during autopsy (Ev. # 002223-B04 through 002223-B06).
  • Fingerprints:
    • Fingerprints consistent with Andrew Fine were observed and have been excluded.
    • Unidentified fingerprints were observed on the exterior of the box.


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