DNA Evidence Not In, but Prosecution Still Plans to Indict Zadorov Tomorrow

The prosecution will stick to its plan to indict Roman Zadorov tomorrow on charges of murdering 13-year-old Tair Rada of Katzrin, even though the DNA results for the hair found at the scene of the crime are not yet in.

A retired police investigator told Haaretz that if the hair turns out to have only a high probability of belonging to Zadorov - even as high as 90 percent - the finding is not sufficient to incriminate him.

"At the remand extension [hearing this week], it was said that there was a probability regarding the findings at the scene," he said. "If there really is a probability of 90 percent, or 70 percent, as was discussed yesterday, that's not enough. Seventy percent can only be a basis, like the hair color or the hair size, but it's not an absolute DNA finding. At the moment, it could also be my hair or your hair."

The retired investigator also pointed to a possible discrepancy between another piece of circumstantial evidence - a footprint found on Rada's pants - and Zadorov's reenactment of the crime. He said it is likely that the footprint was left when the murderer stepped over Rada's body to climb over the door of the bathroom stall in her school, where she was found, in order to get out of the stall. But in the reenactment, Zadorov, a local subcontractor who was doing work on Rada's school at the time of the murder, indicated that he locked the stall door only once he was outside.

The former investigator added it was important to know whether the footprint was bloody and whether it contained grains of sand, since Zadorov likely had sand in his shoes due to the work he was doing that day.

Zadorov's attorney, David Spigel, said his client's shoes bore no sign tying him to the scene of the murder, nor has it been found that Zadorov cleaned his shoes after the murder.

Meanwhile, Haaretz has discovered that the police and prosecution have yet to receive the test results for all the articles found at the crime scene and at a garbage dump where police said some of the evidence was found. A senior police official said a pair of shoes suspected of belonging to Zadorov was found at the dump, and that they match the footprints on Rada's pants. However, Zadorov contends that he never threw out his shoes.