||On December 12, 2012, 19-year old Cesar Reyna-Reyna was shot
in front of his Marshland Road home. Later that night,
he was pronounced dead in the hospital.
||The murder weapon, a shotgun, was recovered from a wooded area
close to the crime scene.
||The Beaufort County forensic lab developed DNA data from
shells within the shotgun. The DNA was found to contain
a mixture of at least two people.
||Due to the complexity of the mixture data, the lab was unable
to draw conclusions based on their DNA analysis.
||On the same data, the computer separated the mixture data to
find that Ja'quard Aiken matched the shotgun DNA with
statistics in the billions and trillions.
||On October 28, 2015, Dr. Mark Perlin testified at a Daubert
hearing, and then before a Beaufort County jury.
||The defense sucessfully argued that DNA itself does not prove
guilt, allowing Aiken to be declared not guilty.