Lawyer: Man charged in couple’s deaths has lived quiet life

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A defense lawyer for a man charged with killing a young Canadian couple in 1987, described his client as a blue-collar guy who’s lived “a quiet, unremarkable life.”

In his opening statement Friday at William Earl Talbott II’s trial, attorney Jon Scott noted there’s little or no evidence about who 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook, were with or what they did in the days before they were found dead in Washington state.

Talbott was arrested last year after authorities used a novel method called genetic genealogy to identify him as the person they say left his DNA on Van Cuylenborg’s pants.

Scott’s opening statement did not offer any theory about how the DNA wound up there.