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A New Account in a Murder Case Closed 21 Years Ago

November 4, 2013 10:13 am | by Jim Dwyer, The New York Times | Comments

The first coherent account of what happened to Jennifer Negron, who did it and why she was killed, is emerging only now, more than 21 years later — even though the case was marked closed a few days after she died with the arrest of two men accused of dragging her into a car outside her building and driving her off to be killed.

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Touch DNA Helps Solve Burglary Cases

November 4, 2013 9:57 am | by Jacqueline Ingles, ABC Action News | Comments

New technology is helping police and prosecutors in the Bay area solve burglary cases. It goes far beyond fingerprints but can be just as accurate. Analysts say it just takes a few days to get the results.             

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DNA Advancements Offer Hope in Unsolved 2006 Killing of Sheriff's Deputy

November 4, 2013 9:35 am | by Kim Minugh, Merced Sun-Star | Comments

As the anniversary of Jeff Mitchell’s mysterious slaying came and went last week for the seventh time, detectives still trying to solve the crime harbor hope that new technology might finally bring answers in the case.         

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Evidence in Criminal Cases On Hold at NC Crime Lab

November 4, 2013 9:28 am | by Heather Moore, News 14 | Comments

Thousands of criminal cases across North Carolina are stuck in a holding pattern waiting for evidence to be processed at the NC Crime Lab. The lab's director says low pay for forensic scientists is leading to high turnover and vacancies, making law enforcement, the court system, victims and defendants wait for evidence to be tested.

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Fifty Years After: Could Modern Forensic Science Do Better?

November 1, 2013 11:48 am | by NOVA | Comments

The 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies for decades. Now, 50 years later, what can modern science tell us about the shooting in Dallas — and the investigations that followed? NOVA and a team of foremost experts employ exclusive tests and sophisticated new technology to reconstruct and review the evidence in Cold Case JFK, premiering on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, on PBS.

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Rape Victim Urges Congress to Act Quickly on Bill to Reduce DNA Backlogs

November 1, 2013 11:12 am | by PRNewswire | Comments

In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 822, the Justice For All Reauthorization Act of 2014. The bill reauthorizes several important forensic DNA programs, most notably the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Elimination Act which provides vital funding for public crime laboratories throughout the country.

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DC Facility Consolidates Public Health, Medical Examiner and Forensic Sciences

October 31, 2013 4:44 pm | by Taitia Shelow, Tradeline | Comments

The new Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) in the heart of Washington, D.C., not only merges the physical environs of three city public safety agencies — public health, the chief medical examiner and the forensics labs — but also creates a new dynamic for interagency cooperation. 

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Bosnia Digging Up what Could be Biggest Mass Grave

October 31, 2013 4:12 pm | by Eldar Emric, Associated Press | Comments

Two decades after Serb soldiers conducted house-to-house searches in a campaign of ethnic killings in Bosnia, forensic scientists are digging up what could turn out to be the largest mass grave from the 1992-95 war.         

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DNA Taken from Muslim Women ahead of Olympics

October 31, 2013 2:58 pm | by Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters | Comments

Ahead of the Sochi Olympics in February, Russia is taking saliva samples from religiously conservative Muslim women, according to locals in the North Caucasus, gathering DNA so authorities can identify the body parts if any become suicide bombers.

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Unveiling the Halloween Monster DNA in Everyone

October 31, 2013 9:58 am | by Miguel Vilar, National Geographic | Comments

Some Halloween fans take costuming to a whole other level. The wig will be just right, the make-up impeccable, the voice adjusted, and the costume scarily realistic. But even for these semi-pros, something is always missing. They will never really become the character without the real monster stuff; without the monster mojo inside; without monster DNA. But is it possible that they or you do indeed carry this monster DNA?

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Texas Execution Withdrawn Due to New Forensics Law

October 31, 2013 9:38 am | by Hannah Zedaker, The Houstonian | Comments

The implementation of a new Texas law spared the life of a man whose was scheduled for execution. Due to a new Texas law, advanced forensics is now able to identify and match the guns used in the crime with the guns thought to have been used in the crime. The new legislation allows previous convictions to be overturned if advanced forensics proves otherwise.

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Torrance Police Unveil State-of-the-art Forensics Lab

October 31, 2013 9:20 am | by Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times | Comments

The Torrance Police Department in California unveiled a new forensics laboratory recently, filled with state-of-the-art equipment that officials said would expedite their analysis of evidence and better assist with investigations. Dozens of civic leaders, community members and law enforcement officials gathered at the Police Department to tour the new $1.5-million facility.

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Ocean Systems Supplies Forensic Video Technology for LEVA Lab 2.0 Facility Upgrade

October 31, 2013 8:58 am | by LEVA | Comments

Ocean Systems, provider of forensic video analysis solutions, has provided the Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) with 20 state-of-the art workstations loaded with Ocean Systems dTective Suite, ClearID Image Clarification, Omnivore digital video acquisition tool, and an Avid ISIS 32 TB collaborative shared storage solution that connect the twenty workstations.

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Ohio Murder-rape Case Involves Years of Evidence

October 30, 2013 4:34 pm | by Thomas Sheeran, Associated Press | Comments

Evidence spanning years will delay the trial of a convicted sex offender charged with two murders and 173 counts of rape, a case that renewed attention on violence against women in Cleveland. During a pretrial hearing, Elias Acevedo's attorney and the prosecutor said they need more time to review the evidence.

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DNA is a 1 in 2.6 Quadrillion Match in 12-year-old Homicide Case

October 30, 2013 3:20 pm | by Steve Marroni, The Patriot-News | Comments

It's nearly 100-percent likely that DNA evidence found on the victim of a 2001 killing matches Douglas Smith, 58, of Harrisburg. Though lab technician John Picciano was reluctant to testify in Cumberland County court that it's a sure match, he did say it is only a 1 in 2.6 quadrillion chance that it matches someone else.

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