|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1981|
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 1995|
Modesto Bee, The (CA) - Thursday, October 19, 1995
Deceased Name: Genna L. Gamble
Genna Lyn Gamble, 14, of Modesto died Saturday.
She was a native of Mesa, Ariz. She lived in Modesto six years. She was a freshman at Beyer High School. She was a member of Big Valley Grace Community Church.
She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mouser of Modesto, and Mr. and Mrs.Gamble of Arizona; a brother of Modesto; plus paternal and maternal grandparents.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at Big Valley Grace Community Church. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson. Lakewood Funeral Home, Hughson, in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be made to Big Valley Youth Ministry, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto 95350.
*Names of the living have been omitted*
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State of California v. Douglas S. Mouser
County of Stanislaus, Case No. 139818
In this case, a man named Douglas Mouser was tried for the murder of Genna Lyn Gamble, his step-daughter. Her body was found along Dry Creek near Waterford, CA on October 14, 1995. She had been strangled to death.
The state theorized, based on the speculations of detectives and a Dept. of Justice profiler, Michael J. Prodan, that Doug Mouser first killed Genna Gamble at their home in Modesto and then drove her body 20-30 minutes away to dispose of it, likely after she had taken a shower (this, they argued, explained her nudity). There was no evidence of a crime at the Gamble residence. And there was no evidence of Doug Mouser's involvement with the crime at all. During the entire five month trial, only one piece of associative physical evidence was offered by the prosecution: a mark on her leg examined by an expert named Gary Robertson (a photo-grammetrist). He testified that this mark was identical to the pattern on the seat belts in Doug Mouser's car, which he argued supported the prosecution's theory.
However, Mr. Robertson was alone in his opinions. Every other forensic expert that testified on this issue concluded that Mr. Robertson's interpretations had no legitimate basis, and/ or the pattern on her leg was consistent with an underwear mark. This included Dr. John Thornton (defense criminalist); John Yoshida (DOJ criminalist, testifying for the prosecution); Dr. Robert Lawrence (forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy, testifying for the prosecution); and Dr. James R. Williamson (an expert in photo-grammetry with a PhD in Engineering, who has trained the FBI in image analysis, testifying for the defense).
Even when the prosecution attempted to have Mr. Robertson's findings validated by the FBI's Image Analysis Unit, they reported in essence that Mr. Robertson had overstated his findings. As part of their report, they explained that Mr. Robertson had not done anything to exclude other sources for the pattern on Genna Gamble's leg. They further reported, in essence, that he did not apparently understand the difference between class evidence and individuating evidence.
It should also be noted that Mr. Robertson did not have a professional CV, and was unable to define the term forensic science when asked to do so by the defense.
On Monday, December 20th, 1999, the jury convicted Douglas Mouser of murdering his 14-year-old stepdaughter.
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Record added: Oct 11, 2008
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