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Will key evidence link the defendants to the murder of Craig Rideout?

A bottle of Diet Coke could be a key piece of evidence placing Laura Rideout at the murder scene of her estranged husband, Craig Rideout.

Thursday’s testimony at the murder trial narrowed in on that bottle of Diet Coke, purchased by Laura Rideout and her boyfriend, Paul Tucci at a local Walmart. Surveillance images and receipts show the two also purchased a tarp, acid and bungee cords just hours before Craig Rideout was found murdered.

A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy testified that bottle of Diet Coke had no fingerprints on it, so he took DNA evidence from the mouth of the bottle and compared it to a sample of DNA provided by Laura Rideout.

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