Blood Found in Graham's Minivan Was That Of Tashuana Jackson

A DNA analyst testified Friday at Robert Graham’s murder trial that much of the blood found in Graham’s minivan was than of Tashuana Jackson, the young Hartford mother he is accused of killing.

Jackson, 23, was last seen alive with Graham, 61, the night of Aug. 11, 2015. Her badly decomposed body was found Aug. 18, 2015 behind a Bloomfield live poultry store. The state entomologist testified earlier this week that based on his analysis of the maggots found on Jackson’s body, he determined the body was dumped behind the store the morning of Aug. 12, 2015.

Victoria Baker, a DNA analyst who used to work at the state forensic lab, testified Friday about her testing of several pieces of evidence recovered from Graham’s Honda Odyssey minivan. Prosecutors believe Graham killed Jackson inside the van.

The upholstery covering a portion of the rear seat in the van was cut out, but a small piece that was soaked with what turned out to be Jackson’s blood was left behind. Jackson’s blood was also found soaked into the front passenger seat, spattered in the seat belt receiver, a spot on the carpet near the rear seat, a portion of the rear seat upholstery not cut from the car, a window, and elsewhere, Baker testified.

An insurance adjuster testified earlier this week that he took photos of the minivan after Graham filed an insurance claim. In the photos, taken a week before Jackson disappeared, the vehicle was clean and the seats intact. Graham told police he removed the seat cover after a dog chewed it, according to testimony.

He also told police the van was in New York state, but had no explanation when detectives told me they found it behind his half-brother’s house in Hartford. Graham maintains he is innocent.

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