State v. Barrett (N.C. 2019) 830 S.E.2d 696

Tracking Evidence/Identification; McLeod Factors; Reliability Foundation

PSD tracked robber’s trail to sweatshirt, gloves and two bank bags. DNA was recovered from these items. Suspect in area and arrested. Suspect in possession of copious amounts of cash; large amount of cash taken during robbery. DNA seized from suspect and tested; results could not exclude him. Court analyzed whether the People provided adequate foundation for tracking evidence based on McLeod factors, rejected the requirement that PSD had to be of pure blood lines.Court held McLeod factos met, and with the addition of corroborating evidence of suspect in the area with case and wearing clothing that matched the victim’s description of the robber as well as adoptive admissions in jail calls, upheld the verdict of guilty.