Trial of Winnipeg serial killer hears testimony from DNA expert


A forensics expert has testified DNA of a victim of an admitted serial killer was found on a jacket but was not enough to determine the woman’s identity.

Florence Celestin analyzed DNA from a reversible Baby Phat jacket that police believe belonged to the unidentified woman killed by Jeremy Skibicki in Winnipeg in 2022.

Indigenous leaders have since named her Buffalo Woman.

Skibicki is on trial charged with first-degree murder for the slayings of the Buffalo Woman and three others — Rebecca Contois, Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran.

His lawyers have said he killed the four Indigenous women but is not criminally responsible due to mental illness.

Crown prosecutors say the killings were racially motivated and Skibicki preyed on the vulnerable women at homeless shelters.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2024.

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