Investigator: No fingerprints from Raynella Dossett Leath on gun that killed husband

Investigator: No fingerprints from Raynella Dossett Leath on gun that killed husband

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Investigators testified that no fingerprints were found on the gun that killed David Leath. Investigators testified that no fingerprints were found on the gun that killed David Leath.

By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- As Raynella Dossett Leath's re-trial continues for the fatal shooting of her second husband, a Knox County Sheriff's Office investigator told the jury none of her fingerprints were found on the gun.

Raynella is accused of shooting David Leath in the head on March 13, 2003 in their bedroom. Her first trial for his death ended with a hung jury in March 2009.

Lt. Terry Lee, a forensic supervisor with the Knox County Sheriff's Office, testified that no fingerprints were found on the gun. However, one theory is that David may have committed suicide.

The defense pointed out that no prints from Raynella were found on the gun either.

A forensic scientist with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation testified that a combination of prescription drugs including painkillers and antidepressants were found in David's blood.

That supports the state's theory that he was drugged before he was shot.

Earlier in the day, Aaron Allen, an evidence technician with the Knox County Sheriff's Office, said he was in charge of collecting evidence and photographing the scene where David was found shot to death in he and Raynella's bedroom.

A graphic 10 minute video filmed by Allen of David's body and the condition of the bedroom was shown to the jury. Raynella was visibly emotional and sat with her back to the screen.

Allen admitted during questioning he didn't check items such as a phone and a lamp by the bed where David died for prints.

Allen testified that there were no signs of forced entry into the home.

Sitting through a second murder trial is difficult for David's family. "I guess it gets a little easier. We saw it last year for the first time. I just really miss him. We were buddies," said his cousin, Freida Jo Brock-Miller.

She said she was surprised Raynella wasn't found guilty in the first trial. But she admits she's not sure how he died.

However, Brock-Miller said she's confident David didn't take his own life. "I knew David all my life, or his life. I am older. I just don't believe that he could've done that. I wasn't there. I don't know who did it, but I just don't feel he did."


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