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Final day of testimony for Haydon trial


PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -- Attorneys wrap up Michael Haydon's murder trial after two weeks of testimony from witnesses on both sides.

Members of the jury have listened to a variety of witnesses, from friends of Haydon, to truck drivers and even Zemke's family.

Haydon's been charged with murdering truck driver, Pat Zemke, in 2003 while Zemke was napping.

Kim Wroblewski, a Madison crime lab worker, tested samples in search of DNA that could link a shooter to the crime scene, including cigarette butts, various firearms and the passenger side handrail of Zemke's truck. But she said the results were inconclusive.

"And it's consistent with having originated from a male individual and the profile that was developed was not consistent with a DNA profile that was previously developed from the blood standard of Pat Zemke," said Wroblewski.

Wroblewski said she's not surprised she couldn't find Zemke's DNA on the passenger side door handle.

"If you touch something very briefly, you may not be as likely to leave DNA behind as if you were touching it for an extended period of time," said Wroblewski.

A truck driver who came to the scene also testified, as well as the woman Haydon was convicted of sexually assaulting the night before Zemke's murder.

Attorneys will give their closing arguments on Tuesday and the jury will start deliberating after that. Fourteen people have been watching the trial from the jurors box and 12 will be randomly chosen to make the final decision.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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