Jan 14, 2015 9:48 AM

Robarge murder trial moves forward


NEWPORT - Defense counsel for James Robarge was denied a motion to suppress expert testimony on blood splattering patterns.

A judge ruled that Associate Professor of Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University Dr. Marilyn Miller can speak about blood found at the alleged crime scene and on Robarge and in his vehicle.

However, a motion to suppress Miller's testimony about reconstruction of the crime scene was granted.

"Expert testimony is inadmissable under Rule of Evidence 702 when 'evidence stripped of its technical gloss it does no more than state the obvious,'" the court ruled.

Robarge is being charged with first and second-degree murder in connection with Kelly Robarge's death.

The trial continued at the Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.


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