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A crime scene expert told jurors that the bloody footprints left in the Novi condominium where an elderly woman was stabbed and left to die matched those taken from suspect Peter Gerard Jones, a prison parolee with a violent past, who was arrested hours a

Bloody Footprints Link Convict to Murder

September 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press | Comments

A crime scene expert told jurors that the bloody footprints left in the Novi condominium where an elderly woman was stabbed and left to die matched those taken from suspect Peter Gerard Jones, a prison parolee with a violent past, who was arrested hours after the killing.

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Pistorius Cleared of Murder, Culpable Homicide Verdict to Come

September 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Stella Mapenzauswa and Peroshni Govender, Reuters | Comments

Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.

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A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.

Fingerprint Could Help Solve 30-year-old Cold Case

September 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Carley Gordon, WSMV | Comments

A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.                                   

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A recent study provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us.

Household Microbes Could Provide Forensic Information

September 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Louise Lerner, Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

A recent study provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us.           

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If you’re out in the field doing environmental testing, food checks, forensic work, or other chemical analysis, mass spectrometry is an extremely accurate detection tool with one huge drawback: You can lose days in sending samples back to the lab for anal

Mass Spectrometry in Your Hand

September 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Eric Bender, MIT | Comments

If you’re out in the field doing environmental testing, food checks, forensic work, or other chemical analysis, mass spectrometry is an extremely accurate detection tool with one huge drawback: You can lose days in sending samples back to the lab for analysis. MIT researchers now have developed technologies that promise to enable mass spectrometers that are handheld and much more inexpensive than today’s lab systems.

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Wearable Sensors Detect Firearm Use

September 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Univ. of Pennsylvania | Comments

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings.

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Delays at Crime Lab Hamper Crackdown on Synthetic Pot

September 10, 2014 11:56 am | by Scott J. Croteau, Telegram & Gazette | Comments

Vice Squad officers will check stores and ask store owners not to sell synthetic marijuana products after a recently signed state bill made them illegal. But officers are hindered in enforcing the new law. The State Crime Lab is months away from being able to analyze the products.

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IntegenX Inc. has announced the first state-wide deployment of the RapidHIT System for real-time matching of DNA profiles. They will use the RapidHIT System in conjunction with the SmallPond database software to store and search over 350,000 DNA profiles.

First State-Wide Deployment of DNA Software System at Arizona DPS

September 10, 2014 11:47 am | IntegenX, Inc. | Comments

IntegenX Inc. has announced the first state-wide deployment of the RapidHIT System for real-time matching of DNA profiles. They will use the RapidHIT System in conjunction with the SmallPond database software to store and search over 350,000 DNA profiles. 

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Polonium's Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement

September 10, 2014 9:07 am | by NIST | Comments

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have determined that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 percent longer than the previously determined value, which had been in use for decades.

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With new DNA evidence in hand, a divided Florida Supreme Court overturned the death sentence and conviction of a man found guilty nearly three decades ago of strangling a woman in Hernando County, Fla.

Prosecutor, DNA Expert Reassigned After Discovery Of Affair Between Them

September 9, 2014 8:13 am | Comments

A prosecutor and a DNA expert working on a 1989 cold case murder in San Jose have been reassigned after the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office learned they were having an affair, but prosecutors said Monday they do not think it will affect the case.  

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DNA Evidence Links Inmate to 1976 Killing

September 9, 2014 7:26 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | Comments

A woman who has been in prison for more than 30 years for a Nevada killing was granted a new trial Monday based on recently discovered DNA evidence that her lawyer said ties an Oregon prison inmate to the 1976 slaying of a Reno student and two killings in California.

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Allegheny County Crime Lab Among World's Best

September 9, 2014 5:07 am | Comments

The Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, crime lab can perform crime scene investigations for thousands less than other labs and complete the analysis faster. It's one of the top labs in the world, according to Paul Speaker, an associate professor of finance at WVU and principal investigator for the study.

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A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino   County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several   years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands   of cases, and as tech

Prosecutor to Dismiss Charges Against Jamie Lee Peterson

September 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Northwestern univ. | Comments

Nearly 18 years after 68-year-old Geraldine Montgomery was found dead in the small northwest Michigan town of Kalkaska, the man falsely accused and convicted of her sexual assault and murder will walk free.                     

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Jack the Ripper Identified

September 8, 2014 9:50 am | Comments

A self-confessed “armchair detective” claims to have solved perhaps the most notorious whodunit ever by claiming to have discovered the identity of Jack the Ripper. Russell Edwards claims Aaron Kosminski, a 23 year-old Polish immigrant who ended up dying in an asylum, was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man behind the grisly killing spree in 1888 in London’s East End.

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Evidence Collection

September 8, 2014 9:34 am | Comments

In this three-part series, The Register-Herald will follow the evidence trail involved in serious cases — from crime scene to courtroom. This week, readers can learn more from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office and Beckley Police Department about the crime scene, the collection of evidence and the chain of custody.

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