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Straker found guilty in Toronto pharmacy robbery

Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 05:46 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio – Ryan Straker was found guilty Wednesday afternoon in a Jefferson County courtroom of an armed robbery at the Toronto Apothecary Pharmacy in November 2009.
He will be sentenced next Tuesday morning.
Earlier in the day, after hearing from two expert witnesses with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the defense asked the judge to dismiss the aggravated robbery charge, saying the state hadn’t provided enough evidence.
Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson overruled, partly because of testimony heard Wednesday morning on how DNA from the hood and cuffs of a sweatshirt hit in a DNA database, matching it to Straker.
"Ryan Straker cannot be excluded as the source of the DNA from the swab from the sweatshirt, based on the national database provided by the FBI the expected frequency of occurrence of the DNA profile swabbed from the sweatshirt is 1 in 19-quadrillion-700-trilliion unrelated individuals," said David Niemeyer of the Ohio BCI.
In the end, the DNA evidence was enough to prove to a jury that it was Straker who went into the pharmacy with a gun and demanded methadone.
The defense argued Tuesday that Straker has let others borrow clothes in the past. They also challenged the experts Wednesday.
“The mere fact that DNA is present on an item doesn't mean to say when it was placed there,” defense attorney Steve Stickles said. “That's correct. Is there any way in modern science to date or time stamp when DNA was placed on the item?"
Testimony concluded with the one and only witness called on by the defense, a former friend of Straker who told the jury that Straker had a troubled past. He also said Straker did, in fact, lend clothes out to friends on occasion.

Straker found guilty in Toronto pharmacy robbery

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