Judge: Gun residue testimony admissible

WINONA – The judge presiding over the sixth trial of a man accused of shooting four people in Winona has ruled testimony about a single particle of bullet primer residue is admissible as evidence.

Firearms expert David Balash had testified that the residue found on Curtis Flowers’ right hand on July 16, 1996, was in a spot consistent with firing a handgun.

Flowers’ defense attorneys argued the residue amount was too small to be considered significant.

The Greenwood Commonweath reports that Circuit Judge Joseph Loper said Monday the issue of how residue got on Flowers’ hands is not scientific. Loper said he’ll leave it to a jury to decide if the residue is relevant to the case.

Flowers faces the death penalty if convicted in the Tardy Furniture slayings.

The Associated Press