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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has ordered the suspect in a double slaying to provide a DNA sample to compare to DNA obtained from the weapon police say was used in the shootings.

Prosecutors say investigators found DNA on the grip, trigger, slide, magazine and two bullets from the .40-caliber pistol.

Authorities think it is the gun that Joseph Silva used to kill 22-year-old Joshua Cortez and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Alysha Ocasio, on a Hartford street in May 2016.

Police say Silva walked up to Cortez and shot him in the head, then walked over to a car parked nearby and killed Ocasio. Silva and Cortez had an ongoing dispute.

Silva’s lawyer opposed the DNA order, arguing that DNA samples could have degraded over the two years the case has been pending.


Information from: Hartford Courant,