The Second Department, reversing defendant conviction, determined the DNA test results using the Forensic Statistical Tool (FST) should not have been admitted without first holding a Frye hearing:
The defendant was convicted, after a jury trial, of murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Prior to trial, the defendant moved, inter alia, to preclude the People from introducing at trial DNA testing results derived from the use of the Forensic Statistical Tool (hereinafter FST), or alternatively, to conduct a hearing pursuant to Frye v United States (293 F 1013 [DC Cir]) to determine the admissibility of the evidence generated by the FST. The Supreme Court denied that branch of the defendant’s motion, finding that FST was generally accepted in the scientific community. We reverse.
The Supreme Court improvidently exercised its discretion in admitting FST evidence without first holding a Frye hearing … . People v Adeyeye, 2021 NY Slip Op 05347, Second Dept 10-6-21