A motion for DNA testing filed by convicted killer Larry Ray Swearingen was granted Monday by 9th state District Court Judge Kelly Case. Swearingen is on death row awaiting an execution date, but Case granted the inmate’s request for testing of seven categories of evidence to determine whether any DNA was left on items at the time of the 1998 capital murder of Montgomery College student Melissa Trotter.
Tennessee prosecutors want to move the way search warrants are issued out of the 20th century. At issue is a bill that would allow a magistrate or judge to issue a search warrant by telephone or “other reliable electronic means.”
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says a new DNA technology tool helped his department make an arrest in an attempted murder case. Lott spoke Wednesday about the investigation, which he says was solved in part with the agency's recently acquired rapid DNA system.
Drugs disappearing in dozens of cases are only one piece of a scandal that could shake South Florida law enforcement to its core. Investigations continue into the full breadth of the problems at the Broward Crime Lab.
Recently, Corning Incorporated, together with Polytechnique Montreal, is developing a type of smart glass mainly used as the touchscreen of the smartphone, which can detect people's physical condition and can even analyze the user's DNA through reading the spit on the surface of the smart glass. Besides, this smart glass can also detect the composition of the atmosphere.
A Long Island man who spent nearly 18 years in prison before his conviction for killing his wife in 1994 was overturned by new DNA evidence has filed state and federal lawsuits against the Vermont police and prosecutors who built the case.
Two decades later, forensic work by the Suffolk County Police Department, along with changes to DNA collection procedures, have brought some long-delayed relief to family and friends: John Bittrolff, 48, a carpenter and married father of two from nearby Manorville, was arrested last month on charges of murdering Ms. McNamee and Ms. Tangredi.
There may be a shortcut in rape investigations that would capture valuable DNA evidence while cutting costs and getting Utah law enforcement agencies out of the bind of backlogged forensic evidence in rape cases. It looks to be one of the most significant developments to come out of "passionate" discussions between members of an ad hoc group seeking solutions to unanalyzed rape kits.
Fifteen months is a long time to wait for a hearing date on whether forensic testing should be conducted on evidence, say lawyers for a Bloomington man serving life in prison for a murder he claims he did not commit. Advocates for Jamie Snow say they are hopeful the appointment of a new judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit will mean progress in Snow's efforts to argue his innocence.
Maryland's second highest court has upheld the conviction of a Glen Burnie man who was charged with a burglary based on a DNA sample he gave in an unrelated case. George Varriale appealed his conviction saying investigators exceeded the bounds of his consent.
Nearly five years after he was sentenced to 100 years in prison for his role in a Muncie woman’s 1993 slaying, Jess David Woods wants to have DNA testing done on materials he claims were recovered during his victim’s autopsy. Last week, Woods’ attorney, Eric Koselke of Indianapolis, filed a “motion to release evidence.”
Two brothers have created a new website called housecreep.com to help you find out if your house has been the scene of a crime. The online list includes 20,000 homes and apartments across North America including more than 2,000 in Chicago and 157 properties in Louisville.
An Oklahoma lawmaker who has unsuccessfully worked to require persons accused of crimes to provide samples of their DNA plans to conduct a legislative study on the issue. The legislative study before members of the House Public Safety Committee, tentatively set for mid-October, will explore whether there is consensus for obtaining DNA samples at any point prior to conviction.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson have announced that the complete catalog of the Medical Examiner’s Statistical Report is available online — totaling more than 60 reports.
The world’s most widely used and trusted resource for identifying mass spectra, the “fingerprints” of molecules, has undergone a major expansion, according to its managers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).