Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani not a solid match to DNA on alleged rape victim's clothes

Jelani Mmaraj's rape trial has just been hit with an unprecedented twist.

A forensic expert testified on Tuesday that she couldn’t conclusively link the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj to a DNA sample found on the pajamas of the stepdaughter he’s accused of raping.

Erika Ziemak, who once worked as a forensic geneticist in the Nassau County medical examiner’s office, was called as a witness in the Nassau County trial of Jelani Maraj, 38.

Prosecutors say Maraj, older brother of the Queens hip-hop queen, repeatedly raped his wife’s 11-year-old daughter — attacking her as often as four times a week.

Ziemak testified that she found a “mixture” of DNA on the little girl’s purple pajama bottoms when they were tested Dec. 31, 2015. There was male DNA found, she said.

Maraj was tested six months later, but Ziemak testified that she couldn’t be sure he was the donor.

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