Prosecutors: Knife left in victim's neck
The Bethesda hospital worker accused of stabbing a colleague more than 70 times left the murder weapon inside the victim's neck, prosecutors said in open court Friday.
Prosecutors also said that forensic technicians have run a preliminary test that showed blood on a black glove linked to the suspect. The glove was a right-handed glove, said George Simms, an assistant state's attorney. More specific tests, including DNA, are pending.
The brief court hearing, in Montgomery County District Court, was held to address the amount of bond, if any, should be set for the suspect, Keith Little.
Judge Eugene Wolfe ordered Little held without bond.
Little was charged this week with first-degree murder in the Jan. 1 slaying of Roosevelt Brockington in a basement boiler room at the hospital. Part of the case against him centers on his actions Wednesday night near the boiler room, when a colleague reported seeing Little appear to clean a pair of black gloves and a ski mask in a bucket of chemically treated water.
Stephen Mercer, a DNA expert who is chief of the forensics division for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, noted that the blood test is just a preliminary one. And he said that blood doesn't necessarily mean a usable DNA sample will be made. He said the case could hinge on what kind of chemicals were in the water, not the amount of water.
"It's the chemical solvent that could crack open the DNA and cause it to degrade of dissipate," Mercer said.
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