A guy who was sentenced to eight years in jail for the killing of a University of North Carolina at Charlotte student has had his charges reduced.
In 2008, a ribbon, bungee rope, and drawstring were discovered wrapped around the neck of 20-year-old Ira Yarmolenko, who had been found strangled to death next to her automobile on the banks of the Catawba River.
Her murder was allegedly committed by Mark Bradley Carver, 54, and his cousin Neal Cassada. In 2011, Carver was found guilty and given a life sentence, however his relative passed on the day before his trial.
However, a court ordered a fresh trial in June 2019 after noting DNA evidence used by the prosecution to get the conviction.
There is “no longer sufficient DNA evidence to substantiate the charge,” according to the decision to dismiss the case.
Police allegedly tested DNA found in Yarmolenko’s automobile using antiquated techniques, according to Carver’s counsel.
Chris Mumma, Carver’s attorney, claimed that “Mark’s case throws a light on the concerns connected with the interpretation of DNA mixes at our state lab and Charlotte-Mecklenburg lab prior to standards being altered.”
According to WRAL, Gaston County District Attorney Travis Page declared on Friday that Carver wouldn’t be given a new trial and that the accusations against him will be withdrawn.
Since 2014, Carver has been in house arrest while waiting for trial.
In relation to Yarmolenko’s passing, no additional suspects have been found.