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Trial resumes in rape case

The man accused of raping a 78-year old woman was back in court today after a week-long break. Prosecutors presented the DNA evidence that caused the delay. Two weeks ago the defense requested new d-n-a tests on hair samples found at the crime scene. A single hair may be all the evidence needed to put Antonio McAllister behind bars for the rest of his life. McAllister is accused of beating and raping a 78-year old Pender County woman in July of 2005. State Bureau of Investigation lab technicians testified that one of three hairs attached to a sock found at the crime scene matched McAllister's DNA. The technician said it was "scientifically impossible that the hair came from anyone other than McAllister." However McAllister's defense attorney Carter Lambeth insists the hair was planted on the sock to frame McAllister. Lambeth points to the lead detective handling the case, Pender County Deputy Scott Lawson. The defense wanted to know why the hair wasn't found until fourteen months after the crime was committed. Detective Lawson testified he had not turned the sock inside out prior it being sent to the state bureau of investigations. District Attorney Ben David called his final witness Monday that testimony is being carried on until Tuesday. After that, defense is expected to start calling on witnesses. No word on whether or not McAllister himself will take the stand in his defense. The trial is expected to wrap by the end of the week.

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