Kendrick Johnson's family waited months for hundreds of hours of surveillance video, hoping it would answer their questions. It raised only others. Rather than showing how their 17-year-old son's body ended up in a school gym mat in January, the four cameras inside the Valdosta, Ga., gymnasium showed only a few collective seconds of Johnson, jogging. The camera fixed on the gym mats was blurry.
The rape evidence was stored in the police department's musty basement: brown paper shopping bags, stuffed with sneakers, bras and underpants, jammed on metal shelves. Scattered blood vials and swabs covered with dust and mold — an inventory amassed over more than 25 years. Cara Smith, a Cook County, Ill., sheriff's aide, knew something was terribly wrong the moment she saw the jumble, which included 176 rape kits dating back to 1986.
FSU quarterback Jameis Winston's DNA matches a sample taken from the underwear of a woman who has accused him of sexual assault, according to an analysis report. Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted the DNA analysis and the crime lab determined the chances of the DNA in the woman's underwear matching someone other than Winston was one in 2.2 trillion.
More than 80 years after they were falsely accused and wrongly convicted in the rapes of a pair of white women in north Alabama, three black men received posthumous pardons on Thursday, essentially absolving the last of the “Scottsboro Boys” of criminal misconduct and closing one of the most notorious chapters of the South’s racial history.
Add stroke to the list of severe health hazards that may be associated with smoking synthetic marijuana, popularly known as spice or K2, a Univ. of South Florida neurology team reports. The teams details case studies of two healthy, young siblings who experienced acute ischemic strokes soon after smoking the street drug spice.
Earlier this month, the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL), Calif., discovered a clerical error in calibrating one of two machines used to analyze blood alcohol concentration. The error affects cases from the end of May 2013 to the beginning of October 2013.
A chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab accused of faking test results in criminal cases has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence.
The Fort Worth police crime lab is getting city approval to outsource more evidence tests. An extra $100,000 was approved by the City Council for an agreement between the city's crime lab and Tarrant County's crime lab to help with specific types of tests. There is an even greater urgency now, because police are seeing an increase in the need for forensic lab services in a couple of key areas.
Denton County, Texas, took a step closer to opening a local crime lab, with approval by commissioners of a partnership that would put the lab on the University of North Texas campus. Though much work is still to be done before the lab could open, county commissioners approved a one-year agreement between UNT and the Denton County Sheriff’s Office to house the drug analysis lab on campus.
Police say fingerprints found at the scene of a home invasion robbery in northeast Modesto, Calif., led them to apprehending a suspect. Identification Technician Erin Gonzales matched fingerprints she found at the home with a suspect and within several hours officers had made an arrest.
After a two-day nationwide manhunt, French police arrested a man Wednesday night suspected of shooting a newspaper assistant photographer and three other attacks. Based on DNA data, authorities believe he was the lone gunman behind Monday's shooting at the prominent daily newspaper Liberation, a shooting outside French bank Societe Generale and a similar shooting incident three days before at news network BFM-TV.
Fred Sanger, a double Nobel Prize-winning British biochemist who pioneered research into the human genome, has died at the age of 95, the University of Cambridge said on Wednesday. Sanger, who once described himself as "just a chap who messed about in his lab", worked with colleagues to develop a rapid method of DNA sequencing — a way to "read DNA" — which became the forerunner for the work on mapping the human genome.
A training session on a revolutionary new software system with the potential to improve the power of DNA by 30 percent will take place in Ammendale, Md., in December. Staff from agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, forensic services and crime labs will attend the training workshop which is being run by the three developers.
Texas Instruments has released the next free activity in its STEM Behind Hollywood program that focuses on forensic anthropology to identify a victim based on missing person reports and onsite evidence. By using this activity, students get to step into the shoes of an actual crime lab scientist and learn the real science behind shows like CSI and Bones.
Predicting adult body height from genetic data is helpful in several areas such as pediatric endocrinology and forensic investigations. However, despite large international efforts to catalog the genes that influence the stature of humans, knowledge on genetic determinants of adult body height is still incomplete. But now DNA-based prediction of taller-than-average body height is feasible, as reported by researchers.