Jun 29, 2016 3:30 PM

DNA yet to link accused to Bedford home in 2012, but testimony from former cellmate may be evidence enough

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Testimony continued Wednesday against Charles Normil, the Massachusetts man facing charges in connection to a Bedford break-in at the home of Eduardo and Sonia Quesada back in 2012.

The prosecution has turned to DNA evidence, but its lack thereof may actually prove the defendant’s innocence.

Other than the testimony of alleged accomplice Nathan Lamontagne, nobody has come out and said that Charles Normil was at the hand of the Quesada’s break in and injuries.

“I do remember that she had some lacerations on the left side of her face and as I remember I think her left eye was swollen shut,” said Dr. Thomas Heffernan of Elliot Hospital as he testified Wednesday.

Dr. Heffernan is an emergency medicine doctor from Elliot Hospital who recalled seeing the Quesadas' injuries the night of the attack. He said they were brutal and couldn’t have been self-inflicted.

But when multiple DNA specialists took the stand, none of them could link Normil to the crime scene.

“The sample from the jeans also had a DNA profile that appeared to be from two or more individuals, there was male DNA present, but it was not from Eduardo Quesada,” said Melissa Staples of the New Hampshire State Police Forensics Lab.

Even the household objects Normil allegedly used to beat and rape the Quesadas - a coat hanger and a screw driver - didn't contain Normil’s finger prints or blood.

“I compared that to Eduardo Quesada, Sonia Quesada, Nathan Lamontagne, and Charles Normil,” said Emily Rice, a criminologist at the State Lab.

“And nobody came back as a match?” asked assistant county attorney Rose-Marie Balboni.

“No,” replied Rice, confirming her DNA testing did not pin anything back to Normil.

Even the clothes Normil was wearing during the attack he allegedly burned, the shoes that made markings around the home were never recovered.

Then Brian Woodburn, Normil’s former prison cellmate, took the stand.

“What, if anything, did the defendant say about wanting something to happen to Nate?” asked Attorney Rose-Marie Balboni.

“He said he wanted something to happen to him because he told on him,” recalled Woodburn of a conversation he had with Normil. “He wanted someone to kill him.”

This case is expected to wrap up by Tuesday of next week and the jury will head into deliberations.

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