Jury Sees Evidence, Including DNA Results, in Murder Trial of Minuteman Leader Shawna Forde

At the Tucson murder trial of Minuteman leader Shawna Force this week, the prosecution presented evidence allegedly generated by Forde: Text messages from Forde’s phone, letters she sent to supporters from jail, and DNA evidence linking her to the crime scene were all introduced into evidence.

More than two dozen text messages sent between Forde’s phone and the phone of Albert Gaxiola, who is accused of being a participant in the home invasion that led to the killings of Brisenia and Raul Flores, were read aloud in court, as were notebook entries and texts allegedly written by the participants in the home invasion, which prosecutors say was orchestrated by Minuteman American Defense.

Pima County Detective Juan Navarro testified that during a search of Gaxiola’s house after the killing, detectives found a notebook with the words “Green light Jr.” written in it.

also testified this week that DNA found on a ring owned by Gina Gonzalez, the mother of Brisenia Flores, was consistent with Shawna Forde’s DNA, although he added that there was a 1 in 2000 chance that it could belong to someone else. The expert explained that the sample was small and did not present a full profile of the individual’s DNA.

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