Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Investigating Officer Testifies at Trial in Girl's Death Three Decades Ago

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Investigating Officer Testifies at Trial in Girl's Death Three Decades Ago

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Trial continues into girl's death decades ago

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WINNIPEG - A retired Winnipeg police officer has testified under cross-examination that he and his colleagues were careful while investigating the murder of a 13-year-old girl back in 1985, but they didn't wear masks or bodysuits.

Sgt. Ronald Allan was responding Tuesday to questioning from the defence at the retrial of Mark Grant, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Candace Derksen.

Grant's lawyer, Saul Simmonds, asked Allan whether he could have inadvertently contaminated the crime scene by something as simple as coughing, sneezing, scratching his face or even talking.

Allan admitted that DNA protocols were not in place at the time.

Grant, who is now in his 50s, was charged in 2007 following DNA testing on twine used to bind the schoolgirl and was convicted in 2011 of second-degree murder. …

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