Attorneys continued their discussion of the role DNA testing plays in the murder case of dance freshman Haruka Weiser during a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday. The judge has still not ruled on whether the DNA evidence will be admitted in trial.
Since 2015, University Health Services has facilitated only six sexual assault forensic exams, despite a recent UT survey showing approximately 4,600 students reported being raped since enrollment at the University.
Morrisett pleaded guilty in February 2017 to felony charges after strangling his girlfriend until “she saw stars,” in May 2016, according to an arrest affidavit. An Austin-American Statesman investigation published Jan. 24 revealed UT kept Morrisett on as faculty after pleading guilty to the charges.
Because of the string of Austin bombings which began March 2, the UT Police Department has permanently increased the presence of K-9s in its explosives unit that perform random sweeps of campus areas, UTPD Chief David Carter said.