A forensic chemist yesterday linked two bullets taken from the body of a murdered witness to bullets seized from a New York apartment used by Nathaniel Dawson Jr. and Nathaniel Dawson Sr. -- or to bullets made by the same manufacturer at the same time.
Nathaniel Dawson Sr. is charged with killing Latisha Murphy after she testified about the alleged involvement of his son, Nathaniel Dawson Jr., and others in a drug-related shootout that left 10-year-old Tauris Johnson dead last November.
The box of 26 bullets was seized last December from an apartment used by the Dawsons for their Role and Walk Electric Co.
"I would have to say that those two bullets came from this box or came from another box made by the same manufacturer on or about the same day," said Raymond Keto, a forensic chemist for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The testimony came four weeks after the trial began in U.S. District Court before Judge William M. Nickerson. Seth Webb, 25, of New York, is charged with the Dawsons in the murders and with drug conspiracy. Beverly Brown, 29, of Baltimore, is charged with drug conspiracy.
In other court action, an attorney for Nathaniel Dawson Sr. tried to demonstrate that his client was visiting his son in a Prince George's County jail about the same time that Ms. Murphy was shot.
According to a computer record of visitors to the Prince George's County Detention Center, the elder Mr. Dawson visited his son on Feb. 12, from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
But the prosecution argued that Nathaniel Dawson Sr. visited his son on Feb. 11, the day before Ms. Murphy was killed. U.S. Attorney Christine Manuelian tried to show that cards and a log book filled out by hand at the time of visits are more accurate than the computer log, which is updated one day to several weeks after visits. There is no record in those handwritten logs of Mr. Dawson visiting his son on Feb. 12.