DNA of murdered Huston-Tillotson track star found on suspect's clothes

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 7:00 PM

AUSTIN -- Week two of the murder trial of a Huston-Tillotson track star is underway in a Travis County courtroom.

Kaitlyn Ritcherson is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Fatima Barrie’s December 4, 2011 death. Ritcherson was 19 years old at the time of the stabbing.

This is the second time prosecutors are trying the case after a deadlocked jury caused the judge to declare a mistrial in May. In the new trial the prosecution and defense team referred back several times to previous testimony.

Prosecutors say it's an advantage.

"We had the opportunity to talk to the jury from the last trial to see what things had a big effect on them so those things we now emphasize more," said prosecutor Gary Cobb.

Monday a staff member of the district attorney’s office read a transcript from a crime scene investigator’s testimony from the previous trial because the investigator was not available to testify in this trial.

According to the transcript the investigator testified about photos of Ritcherson he took just hours after the stabbing in downtown Austin outside a club called Republic Live. It's located near West 5th Street and Lavaca.

The defense says Barrie lunged at Ritcherson three times and hit her in the head with an object the night of the stabbing. They say Ritcherson had a bump on her forehead. Photos show Ritcherson also had a stab wound on her leg. Attorneys say she somehow stabbed herself in the fight.

The state also showed jurors the clothing Ritcherson was wearing the night of the stabbing -- black pants with red stains.

A DNA expert from APD's crime lab also testified. She said she found Barrie's DNA on Ritcherson's shoes and clothing from the night of the stabbing.

Ritcherson is out of jail on bond. Her family has been at the trial every day.

The state could rest as early as Tuesday morning. They plan to call inmates who talked to Ritcherson in jail after her arrest.

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