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A Wausau man accused of killing an 18-year-old DC Everest student in 2009, appeared in Marathon County Court Wednesday for a motions hearing.
Raul Ponce-Rocha is charged with murdering Breanna Schneller in May of 2009.
Ponce-Rocha appeared with his defense attorney Michael Moran who filed a motion to exclude expert testimony from a witness who specializes in foot wear impressions.
According to prosecutors, authorities found two bloody knives and a bloody footprint in Schneller's bathroom after she was killed.
The blood belongs to the victim.
The foot-print is similar to the shoe that Ponce-Rocha admits to wearing the day Schneller died, according to prosecutors.
The defense argued that there was a lack of scientific evidence to support the prosecution's claim, and that there could be false positives, saying other shoes of similar design and size could have made the impression.
Judge Patrick Brady disagreed, saying that there is no previous case law that would lead him to accept the motion.
He will allow the foot-wear expert's testimony, when Ponce-Rocha stands trial.
That trial is scheduled to begin on January 5th.
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