Evidence the focus as Thomas murder continues in Lewiston

Joe Thomas

Several pieces of evidence were introduced Thursday as the first-degree murder trial of Joseph Thomas continued in Lewiston’s 2nd District Court.

Thomas is accused of strangling his ex-wife, Beth Irby-Thomas, on May 1 at the woman’s home.

On Thursday, the belt that was found wrapped around Irby-Thomas’ neck the night she died was introduced into evidence, as was blood-soaked tissues and blood-spattered clothing.

A witness from a Salt Lake City forensics lab testified that the belt contained DNA linked to both Irby-Thomas and her ex-husband. While witnesses said DNA in blood-soaked disposable wipes found in a garbage bag in the back of Thomas’ vehicle was Irby-Thomas’, the Spokane pathologist who conducted the woman’s autopsy testified that he found no injuries that would have accounted for large amounts of blood.

The trial resumes Thursday.

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