DNA Report in Gardner Case: Father ‘Can’t Be Eliminated’ as Major Source

In the case of the alleged molestation last summer of two girls by Falls Church City resident Michael Gardner, the News-Press has obtained a copy of the Certificate of Analysis from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science issued last month stating that the father of one of the girls “cannot be eliminated as a major contributor to the foreign DNA mixture profile previously developed from the sperm fraction of a representative sample of the stained area on the interior crotch of the pajama pants” submitted by the Falls Church Police Department for analysis.

An earlier report by the same agency eliminated Gardner as a contributor. The latest report was released to attorneys representing Gardner by the Commonwealth Attorney’s office prosecuting the case this Tuesday.