Ms. Alison Murtha of RJ Lee Group Provides GSR Analysis and Testimony in Bermuda Criminal Trial


Bermuda’s The Royal Gazette Online reported that Ms. Alison Murtha, Forensic Scientist at RJ Lee Group laboratory in Monroeville, Pa. and expert gunshot residue witness, testified about her findings related to the trial of Garriko Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin is being tried for charges including possessing and unlawfully discharging a firearm.  Ms. Murtha explained that gunshot residue is comprised of the elements lead, barium, and antimony, and she stated that while gunshot residue was found on the suspect’s bike and phone, only traces of those individual elements were found on his hands. Under questioning by defense attorney Charles Richardson, Ms. Murtha acknowledged that the gunshot residue could have been left over from the defendant’s use of a gun at a shooting range months prior. The case is ongoing in the Bermuda Supreme Court.

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