Neulander Trial Day 7: An Expert in Bloodstain Analysis Testified Neulander Trial Day 7: Expert in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

The expert suggested that Robert Neulander murdered his wife.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Leslie Neulander’s fatal wound to her head may have happened in the bedroom and not the bathroom. This claim, from an expert not heard at the previous trial of her husband, former Dr. Robert Neulander, came during Day 7 of the murder trial in the Onondaga County Court Tuesday.

Kenneth Martin, an expert in bloodstain analysis from the biochemistry department at Boston University, reconstructed the crime scene and found two separate blood spatters in the bedroom of Robert Neulander’s home.  The prosecution is still presenting its case.

Martin concluded he believed Neulander struck his estranged wife Leslie at least once in the bedroom, and that strike caused a spatter on the right wall and part of the ceiling. He also alluded to the fact that the second spatter near the bed may have occurred  from a struggle.

Neulander’s attorney, Jonathan Bach,  claimed that Neulander’s wife slipped and fell in the shower. He argued that because there were two spatters and only one laceration, that  Martin’s opinion was not justifiable.

Bach said that the evidence showed that she was moved from the bathroom to the bedroom. Martin argued back and said that multiple spatters can occur from one blow, using examples of previous injuries to back up his claim.

The retrial of Neulander began last week.  In 2015, he  was convicted and sentenced to prison for the 2012 murder, appealed his conviction.  After an appeals court overturned that verdict due to jury misconduct, he  was released  from prison in 2018.  The retrial was delayed due to the pandemic.

Martin, hired in 2020 by the district attorney, conducted this research  and created a slideshow in which he showed  five components of bloodstain patterns: size, shape, number of stains, distribution, and location.

The presentation contained an analysis of the crime scene and showed 3D models and images of the blood spatters.

The prosecution questioned Martin until after lunch time. The cross examination being so late only allowed the court to have one witness testify.

The court dismissed around 4:40 p.m. and the trial will continue tomorrow.


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