Some DNA Evidence Allowed In Landry Murder Trial
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Some evidence will be allowed, and some won’t, when the trial of a man accused of murdering a Chesterfield Township man begins this week.
A Macomb County Circuit Court judge Tuesday agreed that DNA from a bullet that could have been used to kill Matthew Landry won’t be allowed during the trial of Ihab Maslamani.
However, DNA evidence from a cigarette butt that both Landry and Maslamani used will be allowed. Maslamani’s Attorney Joseph Kosmal said preliminary hearing testimony regarding the victim’s mental health will not be allowed.
“Specifically, that he was bi-polar. Upon further reflection, I agreed with the prosecutor that that’s really irrelevant,” Kosmal said.
Testimony about Landry going to Detroit to buy drugs will, however, be permitted.
Jury selection is slated to begin Wednesday morning.
Landry was found dead in an eastside Detroit home last summer, a few days after he was car jacked in Eastpointe in a sub shop parking lot.
The 19-year old Maslamani and 17-year old Robert Taylor are being tried for murder, separately, in the case.
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