But when Warner's on the stand, and answers Casey's question about Crane's DNA in the affirmative, Crane's attorney lets it stand. Casey and Warner share a surprised look. Well, aren't we all glad that went smoothly?
It's Chester's turn on the stand. He explains that he met with Kralik, and Kralik took a swing at him when Chester snagged Kralik's discarded cigarette butt to see if there was a DNA match with Alisa's rape kit. Chester says he then requested to have the old rape kit pulled, but before he got access to it, he was lured to a meeting by a caller identifying himself as Jensen -- even though Chester later identified the voice on the phone as belonging to Crane. On cross-examination, Chester has to admit that they didn't find the gun from the shooting in Crane's possession. Worse, the defense attorney accuses Chester of being told when he first requested the sample that the it was too degraded to make a match. Chester denies it, and she pounces. Defense demands an immediate mistrial, accusing Chester of perjury and the DA's office of conspiracy. So you know they're going to take this into chambers. Crane's defense attorney is pissed, claiming that someone told Chester that the evidence was degraded. Caught, Casey claims the lab reports aren't completed and promises to have them submitted soon. The judge goes one better and says they'll be in by the end of the day, or Casey is in contempt. Oh, and one more thing: Crane's attorney is issuing a subpoena for Penelope Fielding as a defense witness.
With Fielding on the stand, Crane's defense attorney asks her about partial DNA profiles. She says they can be helpful in certain cases, but then the defense attorney reads from an article dismissing partial profiles in identifying perps -- an article written by none other than Penelope Fielding. In the end, Fielding has to admit that she can't say for certain that the second sample was a match for Crane.
When it's time to read the verdict, the foreman reports that they're deadlocked. Casey asks for a poll, which comes back overwhelmingly not guilty. And it gets worse outside the courtroom, where it appears that Cecilia's getting deported. "Don't do anything stupid, Hector," Chester tells Cecilia's father, who leaves angrily. I don't blame him. Getting told by Chester not to do anything stupid has got to sting, especially this week. Casey lamely promises to retry Crane, but she and Chester both know it's a lost cause.