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DNA, digital and ballistic evidence revealed in double murder trial

Tippecanoe County prosecutors are wrapping up their case against Franco Navarrette this week.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 6:59 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Franco Navarrete, 50, is accused of shooting and killing his wife's brother and mother in August of 2017.

At this point in the trial, prosecutors are tying up some of the loose ends in the case, including DNA, digital, and ballistic evidence.

The Indiana State Police laboratory was able to confirm the blood on Navarrete's white car came from one of the victims.

ISP ballistic testing was able to confirm some of the shell casings came from the same gun recovered by some farmers near the Wabash River. That gun matches the serial number of a gun Navarrete bought from a coworker in 2016. 

The jury also learned it was the same gun Navarrete sent in a photo to his wife a few days before the shooting after she asked him to turn down the music.

High Tech Crime Unit Supervisor Sean Leshney was able to track where Navarrete's phone went the day of the shooting. GPS data put his phone at the scene at the time of the crimes.

Leshney also read messages sent from Navarrete's phone to his wife's brother moments before prosecutors say he shot him and his mother.

In translated messages from Spanish, Navarrete told his wife's brother in part, "You can take your sister over there so that she will feel good. She doesn't feel good here anymore. You got in the middle of my marriage and I don't like it very much."

The state plans to rest its case Friday morning unless any last minute evidence is presented.

Navarrete's defense attorneys will then have an opportunity to call any witnesses, including Navarrete. At this point, it is unclear whether he will take the stand.

The jury could reach a verdict on Friday. We will continue following this case and bring you the latest here and on News 18.

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