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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A bombshell is dropped during a hearing for the man charged with killing a Sullivan University student. Defense attorneys had no idea pieces of flesh were found at a landfill where police searched extensively.
Andrew Compton's body has never been found, but this new evidence could dramatically change how this case plays out. Friday prosecutors revealed that three pieces of flesh were found at the Indiana landfill where police think the student's body was dumped.
Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Van de Rostyne says, "The most important thing from our perspective is to return Andrew to his family."
So far, prosecutors have been unable to keep that promise to Andrew Compton's parents, but they may have evidence that could make their case against his accused killer much stronger.
40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan is charged with murdering the 18-year-old student. Detectives say Compton met O'Bryan online and that the two were having sex when Compton died.
Police say O'Bryan told them he put the body in a dumpster, which led them to a Medora, Indiana landfill where they searched for 10 days last October.
In the midst of that search, police said they found evidence that let them know they were searching the right spot. Now we know why.
But that came as a shock to O'Bryans defense team. Attorney Michael Ferraraccio says, "These three pieces of flesh in the landfill thing came as a surprise to us because this is the first time we've heard anything about that."
The pieces of flesh are undergoing DNA testing to see if they match Andrew Compton. Four unidentified fluids collected from O'Bryan's apartment are also being tested at a crime lab.
When asked if this evidence could be a game changer, O'Bryan's attorney said, "It may, I don't know."