Evidence on Dollars sought

Date: 2005-03-09

St. Petersburg Times

Prosecutors want John and Linda Dollar to provide saliva samples. During formal searches, detectives have collected pliers and blood swabs from the Dollars' home and vehicle. The state is trying to find matches between the saliva and the trace elements in those items, according to a motion on file with the court. Circuit Judge Ric Howard is scheduled to consider the state's request during a 4 p.m. hearing Tuesday. At that time, the judge also will hear the Dollars' request for bail; they are being held without bail at the Citrus County jail. The Dollars both face several counts of child abuse and torture. Authorities say they abused five of their children.

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