Expert Testimony Allowed in Ponce-Rocha Trial

By: John DesRivieres Email
By: John DesRivieres Email

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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.

Click the links below to read more on this case

Schneller Murder Suspect Held on $1 Million Cash Bond

Raul Ponce-Rocha Getting a New Attorney

Interview with Police Will Be Used in the Trial of Raul Ponce-Rocha

Murder Suspect's Legal Status Kept Confidential

Friends and Family of Murder Suspect in Disbelief

Schneller Murder Suspect Held on $1 Million Cash Bond- Click link also include the criminal complaint

Man Accused of Killing Breanna Schneller Enters Not Guilty Plea

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