Rivera’s third trial opens, again under Judge Starck. State's Attorney Michael Mermel, prosecuting Juan for the third time, discounts the exculpatory DNA evidence, calling it a "red herring." He suggests at trial that Holly, at age 11, was sexually active and DNA found at the scene was not that of her attacker. He also suggests that the DNA might be Rivera's but was compromised by lab technicians.
Read about Mermel's treatment of DNA Here