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DNA found to be Nina Reiser's, forensic expert testifies today

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A expert in forensic investigations testified Wednesday that there is almost no chance blood lifted from a pillar in Hans Reiser's home and blood on a sleeping bag stuff sack found in his car is not that of his estranged wife Nina Reiser.

In fact, the chance is less than 1 in 45 trillion, said Shannon Cavness, a criminalist with the Oakland Police Department who both sides agreed is an expert in forensic biology and DNA analysis. Cavness testified during the second week of a preliminary hearing in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland for Hans Reiser.

"The first thing I did was test the stain to determine if that red-brown stain could be blood," said Cavness on the stand Wednesday. Both tested positive for blood, which belonged to a female and a male, she said.

Cavness said tests concluded that DNA samples extracted from Nina Reiser's razor, contact lens case and cotton underpants match DNA samples extracted from the pillar and the sleeping bag stuff sack.

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