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DNA evidence shows Garnett is Alexandria woman's killer The prosecution believes it was Julius Jamal Garnett who surprised Carnahan, 33, as she returned to the Chateau Deville apartment she shared with her husband and daughter. Garnett faces a charge of first degree murder in the trial that began with testimony on Wednesday morning.The last attemptat trying Garnett ended in a mistrial back in March after it was discovered that a juror didn't reveal some sensitive personal information during the jury selection process.AlthoughRapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Mike Shannon told these new jurors in his opening statement that Garnett's DNA was found on items found next to and under Carnahan's body, defense attorney Darrell Hickman insisted that the real killer had to be someone who nike h bounce knew the woman and who was angry enough with her to stab her almost two dozen times."Mike Shannon and I agree on one thing: Pamela Carnahan was brutally murdered," he said in his own opening statement. "But there is no indication whatsoever that my client did it."Garnett was not arrested until July 2014, after DNA on a piece of evidence found at the Carnahan apartmentwas matched to him through a national database. A search warrant served at his apartment, in the same building at the complex as the Carnahans', found the same brandof condoms that matched a wrapper found at the crime scene and three pairs of Nike nike q nightclub Air Force 1 shoes, the same shoe that had left prints in the Carnahan apartment.Carnahan's bodywas found on the floor of her bedroom by her husband, Daniel Carnahan, after she failed to pick up their young daughter at the apartment complex's bus stop on May 9, 2014. The bus driver, Jim Sanks, had called the girl's aunt Karen Frazier, Daniel's sister and that began a chain of events that led to the husband and others returning to the apartment.Daniel's father, Winston Carnahan, had entered the apartment after his son had unlocked the front door. Under questioning from Shannon, he testified that he heard his son cry out when he spotted the body of his wife."It was not a sound that I'd like to try to reproduce," he said. "It was an anguished sound."Daniel's voice was strained as he testified, crying as he identified a photo of him, his wife and daughter. Shannon asked Daniel what he saw."My wife. In the bedroom. Blood everywhere."Pamela Carnahan (Photo: Town Talk file photo)Shannon also asked Daniel if he smoked and if he knew Garnett. He answered no to both, saying that he hadn't smoked since he'd gotten married about15 years ago. Shannon also asked him to explain how the apartment door's lock worked.Danielsaid the deadbolt had to be locked from the outside of the apartment with a key.Hickman questioned all the witnesses on Wednesday on this point, asking each person if they noticed any sign of forced entry. All witnesses said no, but Shannon quizzed the witness who spent the most time on the stand Wednesday Lt. Neal a list of nike shoes Bates with the Alexandria Police Department, the former crime scene investigation supervisor who was accepted as an expert witness on what he could infer from details at the scene.Bates said he believed that Pamela had been attacked or approached from behind as she returned to the apartment after seeing her daughter off to school. When asked by Shannon, he said it would explain why there wereno signs of forced entry or a struggle anyplace in the apartment other than the couple's bedroom.Pamela's wallet and keys also were missing after the homicide.Jurors were shown graphic photos of the stab wounds to Pamela's throat and head, as well as a bruise from a bite on one of her hands. Bates testified that the evidence suggested that Pamela fought during the attack. She had multiple defensive wounds to her hands, and the blood smear pattern led investigators to believe she'd been fighting her attacker, he said.She was found with her right hand near her throat, which suggested that she still had been alive after the attack, he said.Found between Pamela's legs was an empty Atlas condom wrapper and pieces of what investigators believed to be a steak knife used as the weapon.The blade was not found, which Hickman brought up to Bates. He asked Bates how he could be sure that the pieces belonged to a knife and not some other kitchen utensil. Hickman also asked Bates what were the sizes of the shoes seized from Garnett's apartment.Bates had trouble remembered, saying maybe sizes eight and a half or nine. Hickman asked Bates that, if he told him that Garnett wore a 10 and a half shoe, would he had any evidence to dispute that, to which Bates answered no.Shannon, on his redirect of Bates, asked Bates to read from the report he'd filed back in 2014. That report stated that the shoes found in Garnett's apartment were size 10 and a half.And Shannon also disputed Hickman's attempt to show that the pieces of the utensil found next to Pamela were anything other than a knife. Bates said the wounds on Pamela suggests that the weapon used was a knife.