A bloody shoe print found inside a Beauregard Town home where a woman was fatally shot and her young daughter was wounded in 2010 was left by one of Aramis Jackson’s shoes, a forensic consultant who specializes in footwear impressions testified Tuesday.
The testimony of William Bodziak, who retired after spending 25 years with the FBI, came during a hearing in Jackson’s capital murder case.
Jackson, 24, of Baton Rouge, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Alexandra Engler, 42, and attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of Engler’s daughter, Ariana, who was 9 at the time of the Sept. 24, 2010, shooting at their Beauregard Street residence. The girl was shot multiple times.
Police have said the shooting occurred during a robbery.
Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty if Jackson is convicted of first-degree murder. A trial date has not been set.
Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office Director David Price, one of Jackson’s court-appointed attorneys, is trying to have the shoe-print evidence declared inadmissible.
“I’m raising the question of whether this is junk science or whether it is something that is widely accepted,” Price said outside state District Judge Tony Marabella’s courtroom after the hearing.
The hearing is scheduled to resume April 4 when Price is expected to call an expert of his choosing to testify about the examination and comparison of footwear impressions.
Bodziak was called to testify by Assistant District Attorney Darwin Miller. Bodziak is being paid by the state for his work on the case.
Bodziak said the bloody Adidas shoe print was left in the kitchen of the Engler home.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III has said previously that the shoe print matched shoes found in Jackson’s possession. He would not say if Jackson was wearing the shoes when he was arrested.
Police have said witnesses identified Jackson as the person they saw in the area shortly after the crime carrying a gun and a large flat-screen television believed stolen from the Engler home.
The Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office took over Jackson’s case from the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Defender’s Office in December 2011 because the Public Defender’s Office is short on lawyers certified to handle death penalty cases.