Gunshot residue found

A Pennsylvania laboratory that specializes in materials analysis found gunshot residue on articles of clothing taken from Andy Brown’s vehicle the day David Locey was murdered last year.

The finding was detailed Tuesday by Allison Murtha, the manager of a forensic-science department at RJ Lee Group in Monroeville, Pa. Murtha was on the stand for more than two hours during the fifth day of the Locey murder trial at the St. Joseph County Courthouse.

Brown, 37, faces charges of first-degree premeditated murder and felony firearm. He is suspected of murdering his boss after questions arose about Brown regarding alleged embezzlement of client payments.

Tuesday marked the fifth day of the trial and Murtha, the fourth of five people called to the witness stand for the day, said the presence of gunshot residue was found on a jacket, vest, pair of pants and shoe taken from Brown’s vehicle.

Tuesday’s proceedings concluded at 3:30 p.m., as two witnesses called by McDonough were unable to attend. One was eventually excused and the other is expected to lead off testimony today in Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman’s courtroom.

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