He says he voluntarily spoke with police and allowed his cheeks to be swabbed for DNA testing. He repeatedly offered to take a polygraph, but was never given one. He was offered a deal to plead guilty to second-degree murder, which would have carried a prison sentence of eight to 14 years but he turned it down. Trace amounts of touch DNA were found on Yarmolenkos car that match both Carver and Cassada. The two men were then charged with first-degree murder. Cassada died of a heart attack the day before his trial was set to begin. The Observers series, published in April, presented the defense

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