Analysts at the State Crime Lab discovered animal hairs on the clothing of murdered 17 year old Casey Crowder, a senior at Watson Chapel High School. The prosecutors now wish to collect DNA from the pets of Kenneth Osburn, the 46 year old truck driver who is charged with capital murder and kidnapping of Casey Crowder.
Analysts at the state Crime Lab recovered animal hair resembling that of a dog and cat on Crowder’s clothing, according to an affidavit for a warrant to collect DNA from Osburn’s dogs and cats.
Prosecutor Thomas Deen says an out-of-state lab will need to analyze the animals’ DNA because the Arkansas crime lab does not perform mitochondrial DNA testing on animal hairs. (KATV)
And in typical defense attorney fashion, Osburn’s attorney, Bing Colvin said, “investigators ‘mentally tortured’ Osburn to obtain a confession of Crowder’s murder.” Cry us a river … please. According to Court documents there was an affidavit that included an alleged confession.
Kenneth Osburn was arrested for the death of Casey Crowder September 28th. According to court papers Osburn “admitted that he caused the death of Casey Crowder. He admitted that he took Casey to 43 Canal in his Chevrolet truck where her body was found.”
Crowder’s body was discovered by National Guard troops on September 2 in a wooded area in Desha County. She ran out of gasoline six days earlier and disappeared while walking along Highway 65.
Osburn’s attorney, who declined an interview, says the alleged confession came after his client was questioned for 23 hours and repeatedly denied council.
Documents go on to say agents noticed “numerous scratches on both arms and one small cut on one of his arms”. (KATV)