Circuit Judge Wanda R Evans has ruled that canine expert, Martin Grimes can testify at the murder trial of missing todder Bianca Jones. Her father D'Andre Lane stands accused.
Lane claimed Bianca was in the back seat of his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis on the morning of 2nd December when he was approached by armed carjackers near Brush Street and Grand River. The vehicle was found shortly after, but the child was not inside. Her body has not been found.
Forensic canine expert Martin Grime testified Friday and at Lane's prior preliminary examination that he brought in his victim recovery dog, Morse, two days after the girl went missing. He said the dog detected a cadaver scent inside Lane's car, on the child's blanket and car seat, and in the girl's bedroom and Lane's home.
You may remember Mr Grime and his involvement with the Madeleine McCann case. Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry claim that Madeleine was abducted from their holiday apartment while they apparently dined and drank with friends in a local restaurant.
Mr Grime brought in his victim recovery dog, Eddie, two months after Madeleine went missing. The dog detected a cadaver scent in the McCanns car, on the child's cuddly toy, on Mrs McCann's clothes and in the McCanns bedroom and living area.
Two todders, missing without a trace.
Disappearances under murky circumstances.
Multiple alerts to the scent of death.
I've no doubt this case and it's similarities to the McCann case will again be briskly swept under the carpet by the British media. However the fact that this particular canine expert is giving evidence in a first degree murder and child abuse case, where the child is still missing, has dire undertones for the McCanns and their supporters.