01/26/2016 16:17 EST | Updated 01/26/2017 00:12 EST

DNA of accused couple, dead girl and sister on items seized by police in Regina

REGINA — An RCMP forensics expert says DNA from two young girls and a couple accused of killing one and assaulting the other was found on several items seized by police.

Tammy and Kevin Goforth of Regina are on trial charged with second-degree murder in the four-year-old's death and causing bodily harm to her two-year-old sister.

The trial has heard the two children were severely malnourished and covered in injuries when they were brought to hospital in August 2012 .

The older girl died in hospital, while the other girl has recovered and is doing well.

Forensics expert Peter McLaren testified items tested were human hairs, pyjama bottoms with tape on them, a cargo strap, strips of fabric and blood.

McLaren said the evidence showed a mixture of DNA from the accused and the children on several items.

Before testimony began, the judge reminded the jury that both prosecutors and defence lawyers have agreed that the Goforths were not responsible for any sexual assaults against the girls.

The Crown has three more witnesses to call in the trial that began last week.

Both accused are expected to testify.

The trial is expected to wrap up next week.



The Canadian Press