Michael Hughes Goes on Trialon October 25, 2011 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
Opening statements began Monday in the trial of Michael Hughes in the murder of four women. Hughes has already been convicted of murdering four other women between 1992 and 1993.
According to Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman, Hughes is tied to each of the murders via DNA. In the case of 15-year-old Yvonne Coleman, the chance of the DNA being from someone else is one in 4.3 sextillion.
I’m not exactly sure how big that number is, but I do know it’s a couple of orders of magnitude larger than the entire population of the earth.
Silverman also displayed a slideshow picturing how the victim’s nude bodies were posed post mortem. Their legs were spread apart, likely hoping to shock the discover.
One of the victims had her hands placed near her groin so that it would appear she was masturbating.
Defense attorney Norman Kallen suggested the prosecutions case was weak because it relied only on forensic evidence:
There are no eyewitnesses, no confession.
Kallen better show the forensic evidence is weak, because people are convicted without eyewitnesses or confessions all the time.