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SAN DIEGO : DNA Issue Delays Hubbard Trial's Start

San Diego County Digest

June 30, 1992

The trial of former San Diego Police Officer Henry Hubbard Jr. was delayed Monday because of continuing discussions between attorneys on the issue of DNA evidence.

Hubbard, 29, is now scheduled to go on trial Aug. 10. He faces 38 counts, including charges that he raped seven women during a string of attacks last summer that terrorized residents from La Jolla to Solana Beach.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephen Anear plans to present DNA evidence that allegedly shows that Hubbard committed the rapes, even though half of the victims were unable to identify Hubbard during live line-ups.

Kerry Steigerwalt, Hubbard's attorney, is arguing that the DNA evidence is not admissible at trial because the East Coast laboratory that performed the test for the prosecution did not follow the protocol recommended in a National Academy of Science report published last spring.

Superior Court Judge Herbert J. Exarhos will begin hearing evidence on Steigerwalt's motion to bar the DNA evidence July 8.

Hubbard could be sentenced to more than 200 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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