Huntington slaying suspect Jeb Daly ordered to turn over DNA
06/25/12-Northampton-Staff Phot by Dave Roback- Jeb Daly of Huntington appears in Hampshire District Court in Northampton in connection with the disappearence of Jessica Dana of Huntington. Purchase photo reprints »
NORTHAMPTON — Jeb S. Daly, accused of strangling and beating his girlfriend to death last year in Huntington, was ordered Tuesday to submit a DNA sample as evidence in his upcoming murder trial.
Daly, 37, faces charges of murder and misleading authorities in connection with the death of Jessica Dana in June 2012.
Daly has pleaded not guilty.
After a brief hearing before Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jeremy Bucci said the DNA sample provided by Daly will be compared against biological evidence recovered during the investigation into Dana’s death.
Both Daly and his court-appointed attorney, Alan Rubin of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, were in court for the hearing Tuesday.
According to prosecutors, Daly was the last adult to be seen with Dana June 22 after the couple hosted a party.
The district attorney’s office alleges that Daly killed Dana following an argument and put her body in a cardboard box behind the couple’s 8 Rocky Brook Drive home in Huntington.
Dana’s body was discovered on June 24 while friends and relatives searched the area after not hearing from her since the party.
Daly allegedly told police that Dana had left the home on her own following the argument and hadn’t returned, although she left her three children, shoes, purse and phone behind.
Dana had two children with Daly and a third from a previous relationship. All three are in the care of relatives, according to authorities.
Daly has been held without bail since his arrest on the evening of June 24. His trial is expected to begin in August, according to prosecutors.
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