Fayette County Court to Puruse DNA Testing in St. Peter Man’s Murder Trial

Fayette County Court to Puruse DNA Testing in St. Peter Man’s Murder Trial

The prosecution in the Fayette County case charging a 24-year-old St. Peter man with first-degree murder is pursuing DNA testing of evidence taken in the investigation.

Alexander Beccue is charged with two counts first-degree murder for the August shooting death of Joshua Smith, of Ramsey. Beccue also faces counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a weapon by a felon.

Fayette County State’s Attorney Josh Morrison sought permission from the court Tuesday to conduct a DNA test in the case that would consume all of a sample. Defense attorney Ed Deters didn’t object to the test but asked that specific parameters be followed in the process.

Judge Don Sheafor approved the testing, but asked that a written order be prepared for him to sign authorizing the test, which is expected to be prepared after the holidays.

The case is next scheduled for a February 27 pre-trial hearing.