Nissensohn Defense aims to blame killings on someone else
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The murder trial of Joseph Michael Nissensohn continued Thursday with a focus on one witness and whether he was the true killer of two of the women Nissensohn is accused of killing in 1981.
The prosecution rested its case — with a few provisos — once the court was called to order. For the defense’s first witness, attorney Hayes Gable III called Lynne Burley to the stand.
Burley, a supervising criminalist at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s crime lab, noted that DNA found on the jeans of slain Monterey teen Tammy Jarschke were not connected to persons of interest in the case. There was insufficient DNA to draw conclusions from a screwdriver that was tested.
Under questioning from prosecutor Dale Gomes, she said that none of the evidence would be able to determine who the killer was. “It’s there, I detected it,” she said of the DNA. “I can’t say when, I can’t say how.” She also noted that DNA could be transferred from dirty clothes to new clothes in a washing machine.
After her short testimony, Gable called Ira Gilmore to ...