McClish to be tried in Veil killing
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After hearing three days of evidence, a Santa Cruz judge ruled last week that Michael McClish will be tried in the killing of former Ben Lomond Market Employee Johanna “Asha” Veil and her unborn child in 2006.

Testimony from Sheriff’s Deputies revealed for the first time that Veil was hit in the back of the head and strangled by a rope.

DNA experts testified about DNA found on the noose left around Veil’s neck. The DNA test revealed that both McClish and Veil had come in contact with the rope and there was a third DNA sample on the inside of the rope that could not be identified.

During the investigation leading up to the preliminary hearing, detectives took DNA samples from other Ben Lomond Market employees. However, none of those samples matched what was found on the rope.

Judge Paul Burdick presided over the hearing and Assistant District Attorney Jeff Rosell is the prosecutor.

If convicted, McClish could serve life in prison. A date for the trial has not been set. McClish’s next hearing is Sept. 9.

McClish is currently serving an un-related 18-year prison sentence after he was convicted of raping and sodomizing a San Lorenzo Valley woman and threatening her with a hatchet. Rosell was the prosecutor in that case.

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