Moore trial update: Defendant's fingerprints identified on evidence
Defendant Paul Moore's fingerprints were positively identified on a sheet of paper containing an indentation of a diagram of a bomb, according to forensic specialist testimony provided in court Wednesday.
Moore, a Grimes man, is being tried for the murder of Roberto Ayala that occurred on July 16, 2011, when a bomb exploded at the rice field where Ayala and Moore worked.
A member of the U.S. Secret Service and other forensic specialists provided testimony linking multiple items obtained at Moore's house with evidence from the crime during the Colusa County Superior Court case, which was moved to Sacramento.
On Tuesday, investigator Dave Salm testified that while searching Moore's home, an officer discovered a piece of paper that appeared to have an indentation of a drawn diagram, as if it were stacked under another sheet of paper on which the diagram was drawn, according to District Attorney John Poyner.
The indented diagram was discovered under the box of a Brother brand label maker.
In Aug. 2011, the Colusa County Sheriff's Department received two letters labeled, with a label maker, as "Ayala Case" and claiming to be from a gang hit man responsible for the bombing. The second letter contained a diagram of a bomb which may match the layout of the device that killed Ayala.
A fingerprint specialist with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified that fingerprints found on the indented diagram "were identified to Paul Moore," specialist Tanya Kapila said.
A document examiner with the U.S. Secret Service testified that he obtained the indented diagram and the letters received by the sheriff's department as well as a a printer discovered at Moore's house.
Based on his expert analysis, in his findings comparing the ink on the letters to example pages printed from Moore's printer, the "exhibits matched the exemplars."
Additionally, "(Through) a physical, optical and chemical analysis. ...I could not tell apart the bomb diagram from letter #2 and the indented paper," Joseph Stephens said.
Next, a trace evidence examiner with the ATF provided testimony comparing labels found on files at Moore's house with labels on the envelope's of the letters sent the sheriff's.
She said the labels are from a Brother label maker and "they all appear to be the same type of tape system," Amy Michaud said.
Finally, Michaud provided testimony that a piece of fishing line found wrapped around a 7-inch bolt found at the bomb site matched a spool of fishing line retrieved from a boat at Moore's house.
The bolt matches an item labeled as "drop weight" in the diagram of the bomb.
Defense attorney Linda Parisi cross-examined each witness about the commonness of the type of paper, type of printer, brand of label maker and fishing line.
All witnesses agreed that they were common items replicated thousands of times.
During a break in the trial, Poyner said, "It's getting damn consistent."
"It's amazing to watch the jurors as their eyes light up - it's like reading a book," Poyner said.