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Kopp Must Submit DNA, Handwriting Samples

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – James Kopp must submit DNA and handwriting samples. Kopp, accused in the 1998 fatal shooting of Dr. Barnett Slepian, will also appear in a police line up.

Erie County Court Judge Michael D'Amico granted the motions at a hearing Friday morning. Defense Attorney Paul Cambria argues that prosecutors are participating in "gamesmanship" because the defense has not seen "source documents" of witness evidence.

Prosecutor Joseph Marusak says that is an "unfair characterization."

"We rely on the New York State Court of Appeals and all other appellate cases to dictate to us how you proceed procedurally in all criminal cases," Marusak said. "That's what we have relied upon."

Attorney Cambria argued that a police line up is "silly" because his client has been exposed over and over in photos and videos for almost four years.

"What they are going to do is make him look like a picture that people have already picked out, plus he's on television every day, and has been for several years," Cambria said. "I mean anyone could pick him out."

The judge will allow a makeup artist to work on Kopp for the police lineup to match how he looked in October 1998.