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Thelismond Trial Day 2 Focuses on DNA Evidence

Booking photo of Lindley Thelismond, who was 17 in February, 2019 when he allegedly shot and killed James Jeter.

Day 2 of the Lindley Thelismond criminal homicide trial yesterday included a DNA forensic scientist who testified about the jacket which police collected from an alley behind the Orchard Avenue home on       Lebanon’s north side, where the killing of James Jeter, 26, took place in February of 2019.

The forensic scientist discussed his DNA collection methods used on red and gray jacket that witnesses say belonged to Thelismond and was worn by him when he allegedly pulled a gun from a backpack and killed Jeter in cold blood.

Dr. Young said he was able to collect DNA from the collar and knit cuffs inside the sleeves of the jacket and it matched 22 of the 23 genetic markers found in the DNA of Thelismond. He said there was only a 1-in-seven trillion chance that the DNA could have belonged to someone else.

On cross examination, however, Dr. Young admitted that he only compared the DNA he collected to samples of Thelismond and the victim because they were the only samples he was given for comparison by District Attorney Pier Hess Graf.

The jacket is a critical piece of evidence because it was allegedly ditched in that alley by Thelismond, along with three handguns, after the shooting.

Testimony continues Thursday in the courtroom of Judge Charles T. Jones at the Lebanon County courthouse.