No DNA evidence linking soldier to double murder scene, experts say

Published May 05, 2012

| Associated Press

Forensic experts have testified that there's no DNA evidence linking a Fort Campbell soldier to the scene where his estranged wife and another woman were fatally shot.

The soldier, Brent Burke, is in the midst of a court martial at Fort Campbell on charges of murder in the deaths of Tracy Burke and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, who were found fatally shot at Comer's Rineyville home in 2007.

The Army charged Burke in the shootings after civilian authorities in Hardin County dismissed charges against him due to four mistrials.

The Kentucky New Era reports DNA expert Steven Barrett and forensic biologist Sara Green both testified Friday that Brent Burke's DNA wasn't found on any of the items tested at the scene.

Defense attorneys were expected to begin presenting their case on Monday.