Forensic experts claim Verduzco's mental illness runs in the family
YAKIMA,Wash.- The defense rests in the Manuel Verduzco trial.
They called a forensic investigator to the stand claiming several of Verduzco's family members have schizophrenia.
The defense says Verduzco was criminally insane when he killed two women who worked at a MoneyTree in Yakima. The forensic investigator DNA tested over a dozen of Verduzco's family members and says they found four members of his family having the same set of genetic mutations related to schizophrenia.
The prosecution argued that within the forensic report, family members say they noticed signs of those other family members having schizophrenia at young age, but they didn't with Verduzco.
The prosecution also questioned why the defense didn't test more family members, arguing there were many immediate family members that they didn't look at.
The defense saying that they can't pick freely as each DNA sample costs hundreds of dollars.
The prosecution bringing in two medical science doctors of their own to testify.