From The Sun 12/2/10 "One in 2.2 million. Those were the odds given by a DNA analyst Wednesday of the number of Caucasian males who could have contributed to a DNA mixture collected from a fingernail of Yana Huss, a Port Charlotte woman who was killed three years ago. That same DNA analyst told jurors Wednesday in the trial of Scott Huss, a Punta Gorda man accused of killing his estranged wife, Yana, that the defendant couldnâ€™t be excluded from being that contributor. The body of the 31-yearold woman was found in the laundry room of her Rickover Street home on April 25, 2007. She had been stabbed multiple times in the chest. Her neck also had been violently slashed. Scott Huss, from whom Yana filed for divorce just two weeks before her death, faces up to life in prison if he is found guilty at trial of seconddegree murder. Sarah Shields, a senior DNA analyst at Bode Technology, a forensic and human identification laboratory, told jurors that several DNA samples she examined in the case showed a â€œfull DNA profileâ€ of Yana Huss. Those samples were collected from blood on Scott Hussâ€™ wristwatch, and stains from a shirt collected from Yanaâ€™s then-8-year-old son, Petir Shalin. Officials claim the 52-year-old man killed his wife on April 25, 2007, inside their former Rickover Street home. Petir, Scottâ€™s stepson, later told investigators that he witnessed the Punta Gorda man stab his mother. Much of the focus of Shieldsâ€™ testimony Wednesday â€” and the subject later of crossexamination by the defense â€” was devoted to a sample she examined that was taken from a fingernail on Yanaâ€™s right hand. Testing showed that the sample included the full DNA profile of Yana Huss and the â€œDNA dataâ€ consistent with a single contributor of a male individual, Shields said. The senior DNA analyst at the Lorton, Va.-based lab, which is contracted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said she compared that data to a standard sample of Scott Hussâ€™ DNA. An exact match could not be made, she said. However, â€œScott Huss could not be excluded as the contributor,â€ she told jurors. Further testing was done on the DNA data, and Shields said she was able to compile statistics comparing it against the U.S. population. Shields said one in 2.2 million Caucasian males could be a match. One in 38 million African-American males could be a match, she added. On Monday, Scott Hussâ€™ attorney told jurors that members of the Russian mafia were responsible for Yanaâ€™s murder. Defense attorney Michael Powell claimed his client saw a â€œdark figureâ€ climb into a waiting SUV in front of his former Port Charlotte home shortly before he entered the house and found Yanaâ€™s body inside. The defense pounced on Shieldsâ€™ inability to make a positive identification of the â€œmale contributorâ€ DNA data. In addition, attorney Thomas Marryott asked Shields whether she could say how or when that unknown DNA was transferred onto Yana Huss. She could not. Shields also agreed during cross-examination that DNA, in the form of skin cells, can be transferred onto someoneâ€™s hand or fingers easily simply by shaking hands. â€œThat can come from casual, nonviolent (contact )?â€ Marryott asked. â€œYes,â€ the witness replied. Marryott also surmised that the DNA collected from Yanaâ€™s fingernail could have been there for a long period of time before her death on April 25, 2007. Shields said it was possible. During redirect by prosecutors, however, the DNA analyst noted that when hands come in contact with soap and water, it affects the ability to find transfer DNA evidence. In addition to the DNA evidence, prosecutors tried to present footprint evidence to link Scott Huss to the crime scene during the third day of trial at the Charlotte County Justice Center. But, like the DNA witness, the forensic footprint witness could not conclusively tie Scott Huss to the scene, only saying the dozens of foot impressions at the scene could have been made by the Punta Gorda man due to the resemblance in some characteristics. While the DNA and footwear evidence delivered some punch for the prosecutionâ€™s case Wednesday, it was the testimony of Medical Examiner R. H. Imami that likely made the biggest impression on jurors. The nine-member panel gazed solemnly as several graphic autopsy photos were shown. Those images were not displayed to the entire courtroom. Imami, the longtime medical examiner, said Yana died from multiple stab and slash wounds. Many of those wounds could have been fatal, he told jurors. Yana Hussâ€™ heart, liver, diaphragm and right lung all were punctured, Imami said. She also suffered defensive wounds on her arms and hands, he added. Marryott immediately attempted to raise suspicion that there were multiple suspects â€” and two knives â€” responsible for the wounds. Imami said while he believed only one knife was used, it was possible that at least one of the wounds came from a different knife due to the difference in the width of the cut compared to others. The trial resumes today. Twentieth Circuit Judge John Dommerich is expected to rule this morning whether a family member of Scott Huss can testify as to a phone conversation he had with the Punta Gorda man on the day of Yanaâ€™s death. Prosecutors said in court that the conversation revealed something related to a confession."