Evidence analysis

MISSISSIPPI CRIME LABORATORY

REPORT DATE: 6/1/2020

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

Analysis: Latent Print Examination; Trace Evidence Analysis; Firearms Analysis

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Case #: 002586-24E-2020

Case Description: Zoe Chase homicide investigation

Investigative Agency: Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department

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

Summary of Preliminary Evidence Analysis

Fingerprints

Evidence #Vehicle locationIdentified as
002586-P038 left rear passenger door - exterior Ed Bonner
002586-P039 left rear passenger door - exterior Ed Bonner
002586-P040 right rear passenger door - exterior Dani Bonner
002586-P041 front passenger door - exterior Jack Swanson
002586-P042 front passenger door - exterior Dani Bonner
002586-P043 radio console Dani Bonner
002586-P044 radio console Jack Swanson
002586-P045 glove compartment door - exterior Dani Bonner
002586-P046 passenger side dashboard Dani Bonner
002586-P047 gear shift lever Jack Swanson
002586-P048 steering wheel Mallory Benson
002586-P049 steering wheel Peggy LeClaire
002586-P050 radio console Jack Swanson
002586-P051 radio console Dani Bonner
002586-P052 front passenger door - exterior Mallory Benson
002586-P053 front passenger door - interior Steven Atwater
002586-P054 front passenger door - interior Mallory Benson
002586-P055 lift back - interior Jack Swanson
002586-P056 lift back - exterior Steven Atwater
002586-P057 lift back - exterior Beau Jenkins
002586-P058 lift back - exterior Jack Swanson
002586-P059 gas tank cap Jack Swanson
002586-P060 driver door - exterior Debbie Fitzgerald
002586-P061 driver door - exterior Jack Swanson
002586-P062 front passenger door - exterior Dani Bonner
002586-P063 front passenger door - exterior Mallory Benson
002586-P064 front passenger door - exterior Mallory Benson
002586-P065 front passenger door - interior Jack Swanson
002586-P066 front passenger door - interior Peggy LeClaire
002586-P067 steering wheel Dani Bonner
002586-P068 steering wheel Jack Swanson
002586-P069 lift back - exterior Mallory Benson
002586-P070 front passenger door - interior Steven Atwater
002586-P071 front passenger door - interior Jack Swanson

Hairs

Evidence #DescriptionConsistent with
002586-H001 through 002586-H010 Ten (10) blonde hairs, 18 inches length, found in driver area Zoe Chase
002586-H011 through 002586-H012 Two (2) brown hairs, 16 inches length, found in driver area Peggy LeClaire
002586-H013 through 002586-H019 Seven (7) dark brown hairs, 3 inches length, found in driver and passenger area Jack Swanson
002586-H020 through 002586-H023 Four (4) blonde hairs, 12 inches length, found in passenger area Mallory Benson
002586-H024 through 002586-H026 Three (3) brown hairs, 4 inches length, found in passenger area Steven Atwater

Ballistics

The .25 caliber semi-automatic handguns listed below match the description of the weapon used in the Zoe Chase homicide and belong to someone connected with Zoe Chase or with the investigation into her murder. Each of these handgun owners voluntarily surrendered their weapon to the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department for ballistics testing.

Each of these handguns was test-fired using Winchester .25 Automatic Full Metal Jacket rounds, the same type as the casings found at the crime scene (Evidence #s 002586-31 through 002586-32) and as the bullet recovered from the body at autopsy.

The resulting test-fired rounds were then compared with the bullet recovered during autopsy.

NameWeaponSerial #Finding
Atwater, Steven Beretta 21 Bobcat EL 8175V1 inconsistent
Bonner, Edward Browning Renaissance 8863KS inconsistent
Jenkins, Alan Seecamp .25 Automatic 7Z24895 inconsistent
LeClaire, Peggy Beretta 21 Bobcat 69948V7 inconsistent
Templeton, Russell Beretta Jetfire 92325V8 inconclusive

 


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