San Andreas, CA — Prosecutors are currently not commenting to the media about DNA evidence testing relating to the Leila Fowler murder case, for which the trial was again delayed. It is now scheduled to begin August 5.
Fowler’s older brother Isaiah, now 14, is accused of fatally stabbing the girl, then 8, at their Valley Springs home on April 27, 2013. As reported here, back in February, Sheriff Gary Kuntz maintained that Calaveras County law enforcement officials “arrested the right person,” after attorneys for Fowler expressed optimism that DNA evidence could end up proving him innocent. At that point, the trial start date had been set for May 18. The court trial date has been moved several times since Fowler has been under arrest.
Fowler’s defense claims that proof of his innocence points to the finding of genetic material recovered in the house on Leila’s clothes the day of the killing from a yet-to-be-identified person who is not a family member.