The Supreme Court at several points on Monday expressed serious doubts about the "huge mess" made of the crime scene evidence and the lower court's handling of the case against Roman Zadarov for the 2006 murder of eighth-grader Tair Rada.
The court had previously signaled to the lower court that it should seriously reconsider the old and new evidence, instructing the lower court to review and re-evaluate the case after having convicted Zadarov once before.
In March 2013, the Supreme Court ordered the lower court to reexamine certain evidence, including a forensic expert’s opinion (a former top FBI official) about bloody shoe prints found at the scene and another expert’s analysis of the murder weapon and the injuries to Rada’s head.
The new evidence had indicated that the bloody shoe prints, which the lower court had connected with Zadarov, were not shoe prints.
Also, the new evidence had indicated that the murder weapon was a serrated knife, or a knife with multiple cutting edges, and not the single cutting edge knife that the lower court had connected with Zadarov.
Despite the Supreme Court’s directive to reexamine the evidence, the lower court rejected both of these new arguments, standing by its original findings.