Jurors see police interview of murder suspect Tasheonia Hills

The prosecution in Tasheonia Hills' murder trial is wrapping up their case in Oneida County Court.

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 5:42 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 6:00 PM

The prosecution in Tasheonia Hills' murder trial is wrapping up their case in Oneida County Court. 

On Friday, Forensic Scientist Cheryl Stevell testified that DNA profiles from swabs of scissors, pens and defendant Hills' fingernail clippings that she analyzed in this case matched the DNA profile of victim Irene Williams.  Williams' daughter, Tasheonia Hills, is on trial for her murder. 

Also on the witness stand Friday, Utica Police Sgt. Dzenan Sabanovic, who testified about his interaction with Hills at the Humphrey Gardens Apartments crime scene in the minutes after Williams' murder, and in the UPD interview room, where he questioned Hills in the hours after her mother's murder. 

Sabanovic says Hills had no problem understanding and complying with his instructions, and that she agreed to talk to him at UPD.  He says she told him she and her mother got in an argument and that Hills snapped. He says she told him she tried to kill herself by drinking bleach, but decided that wasn't harsh enough punishment.  The video and audio recording of Sabanovic's interview with Hills is the last prosecution exhibit, and Sabanovic, their last witness. Both will be back in court at 10am Monday, when Hills' murder trial resumes. 

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