Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 2:56 p.m.
That Horatio Cain has it so easy. All he has to do is connect the dots and run some lab tests on human DNA, but in the case of the Cat Killer, the real life Miami-area police might have to adapt their forensic techniques normally used on humans to animals.
While the official evidence is sealed, Jim DeFede at CBS4 has done a little digging and finds that most of the evidence in the case is circumstantial
. For example, police found knives and other cutting tools hidden in suspect Tyler Weinman's room that may have been used in the killings. They also found scratches on his body that may have come from struggling cats. A tracker was also placed on his car that shows him to be near the crime scenes at the approximate times of the killings. When questioned about the movements of the car, Weinman -- unaware of the monitoring device -- denied being in those places.
Because he was never caught in the act, investigators may have to match DNA on the knives to the cats to get a clear-cut conviction, though analyzing forensic evidence from animals isn't routine.
Police are also looking for two possible accomplices.
Weinman is currently out of jail on a $249,000 bail. His lawyer and family members maintain that he's innocent.