A forensic expert testified on Tuesday that Jelani Maraj’s DNA was “consistent” to the genetic material found on the pajama pants owned by the 11-year-old girl he is accused of raping.
Per Page Six, Erika Ziemak testified that she found a “mixture” of DNA on the clothing item when it was tested in Dec. 2015, adding that it is a “less than 1 in 348 billion chance” that the findings belonged to someone other than Maraj — the older brother of rap star Nicki Minaj
“Jelani Maraj’s DNA profile is consistent with [the stain] on the pajama pants,” said Ziemak, who was previously employed with the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office and is now a specialist at the Houston Forensic Science Center.
Ziemak was called as a witness in the Nassau County trial of Maraj.
Prosecutors claim Maraj raped his wife’s daughter nearly four times a week. They also allege he became angry and violent with his then 8-year-old stepson after he barged in on the despicable act.
The alleged victim’s brother testified on Monday where he recounted what he witnessed. Clutching a stuffed toy, the young boy stated that he walked into a room located in the home’s basement and saw his sister’s pants by her ankles and his stepfather’s underwear “close to his knees.”
“I thought it wasn’t right. It looked weird to me, so I ran upstairs,” he told jurors.
“He asked me if I had seen anything. I said, ‘Yes,’ ” the boy said. “He slapped me on the cheek.”
He also testified that his bedroom is adjacent to his sisters and would occasionally hear her door close shut — and then her mattress creaking.
The young boy said he was threatened into silence as Maraj allegedly told him he’d never see his mother Jacqueline Robinson again. Robinson and Maraj were married for less than five months and are now divorced.
The defense claims Robinson is looking for a quick money scheme and is using her children as pawns.
Daniel Schwartz, Maraj’s attorney, acontends Robinson told Minaj she’d make everything go away for $25 million.
“Why would [Robinson] lie and force her children to lie? I can give you 25 million reasons why,” Schwartz told jurors on opening day.
Minaj, who posted her brother’s $100,000 bond when he was arrested in December 2015, is expected to testify on his behalf.