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Judge allows murder suspect's footprint to be tested

Edward Covington faces three counts of murder.

Edward Covington faces three counts of murder.

TAMPA — Prosecutors got permission Tuesday to test whether a footprint found at the scene of a triple homicide in Lutz was left by suspect Edward Allen Covington.

After the mutilated bodies of Lisa Freiberg and her two children were discovered in their mobile home May 12, crime scene technicians located a footprint in a pool of blood on the floor of the master bedroom, according to court documents. It had enough detail to make it viable for comparison.

Judge Walter Heinrich agreed to allow the state to take photographs and inked impressions of Covington's feet.

Covington, 35, a former corrections officer and Freiberg's live-in boyfriend, was found in a closet of the home.

He confessed to the killings, authorities say. He was charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Earlier this month, Heinrich granted the state's request to take impressions, measurements and photographs of Covington's teeth to compare them to a bite mark found on the arm of Freiberg's 2-year-old daughter.

A forensic pathologist said the bite was inflicted around the time of the child's fatal injuries.

Judge allows murder suspect's footprint to be tested 05/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:08pm]
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