The rape happened in 1998 at a playground in Holyoke. Jesus Oquendo was arrested in 2012 when DNA taken in a rape kit from the victim matched his DNA in the national DNA database.
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A Michigan court decision recently rejected the appeal of Joseph Blackmer, the man charged with the 1981 rape of a 23-year-old married woman, four months pregnant. The case demonstrates how useful DNA technology can be in solving sexual assault cases, even years after the fact, as Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy readies her department to analyze DNA results from more than 8,000 cases now being tested in private and state labs.
A human sheds as much as 100 pounds of DNA-containing material in a lifetime and about 30,000 skin cells an hour. But who owns that DNA is the latest modern-day privacy issue before the US Supreme Court.
Houston officials have completed the lab testing and review of a three-decade backlog of rape kits, yielding 850 matches in the national DNA database.
The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory’s Emerging Technologies Section is leading the way in developing new strategies and technologies to identify exceptionally challenging DNA samples submitted to the lab. This presentation gives an overview of the laboratory’s new Next-Generation Sequencing instrumentation and protocol development, and its impact on sample processing.
Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.
A private lab in Texas will perform DNA tests on old biological material from a 1980s Minneapolis serial killer case, a Hennepin County judge has ruled.
A top New York state judge will allow the use of new computer-assisted DNA technology in the murder trial of a career criminal accused of strangling a 41-year-old mentally ill man during a robbery nearly five years ago.
Battelle’s Applied Genomics team has a new member as Dr. Toni Diegoli joins to be the technical lead for Battelle’s Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Program.
The Michigan State Police Crime Lab solves cases with science, and the laboratory operating in Bridgeport has additional staff and new methods to help fight crime. It's helped the laboratory turn a 12-month backlog for lab work in the biology department one year ago into a two-week backlog today.
It’s generally commonly accepted that if a person is convicted of a serious crime such as murder or rape, their DNA will be collected and saved in a searchable database for future use.
Michael Morton, who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, said recently that under current DNA testing requirements, he wouldn’t have had access to the evidence that led to his release.
A new partnership between the FBI and the National Institute of Justice, announced in August 2014, has a mandate to add the staffing, forensic expertise and technological superiority on the federal level to help local police forces across the country deal with the masses of untested rape kits in their jurisdictions.
Mexico's attorney general's office has questioned assertions by an Argentine-led team of forensics experts who expressed doubts about the government's conclusion that 43 missing college students were all killed and their bodies burned.
A young sergeant on the Pacifica police force recalled the horrific investigation into the Gypsy Hill murders in 1976. "We didn't have DNA back then. A lot of the forensics has changed over the years."
Scotland now has the most advanced DNA profiling system in Europe following a £6 million investment in new forensic capability.
Law enforcement officials are still not sure how the body of 17-year-old Carolyn Lee Andrew ended up in a shallow grave in Duluth’s Twin Ponds in 1981. But nearly 34 years later, authorities believe they’ve finally determined the identity of her killer.
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems. This is a significant improvement for law enforcement in cases involving missing persons or unidentified human remains.
The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.
NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a two-day training workshop for forensic examiners on recognizing and minimizing bias in forensic science. Cognitive experts will lead the workshop, providing examples from a variety of forensic domains, including DNA, fingerprinting and forensic anthropology.
Texas Department of Public Safety labs are coping with an abundance of evidence testing submissions, an issue that mirrors a situation faced by federal agencies about 20 years ago.
For the third time in less than six months, a North Carolina inmate was exonerated by DNA evidence and freed after spending decades in prison for a wrongful murder conviction.
Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation. Semen detection tests, confirmatory tests and forensic DNA testing are indispensable tools for solving a cases of rape and assault in order to bring perpetrators to justice.
Seattle police will begin DNA testing on all sexual-assault evidence kits and dig into the backlog of 1,276 stored kits that were never tested, the department has announced.
A grant from the National Institute of Justice will help scientists delve deep into the world of mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, used to help solve crime in forensic investigations.
If you’ve been trying to access the online DNA Analyst Training but received an error, it’s not you. The folks at NFSTC.org moved the President’s DNA Initiative.
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