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A tip-off led to the arrest in Texas of a woman who investigators believe killed her husband in Minnesota then fled to Florida, where she fatally shot her doppelganger with the intention of assuming her identity, an official said Friday.
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4.20.2018
11:46am
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An Alabama man convicted of sending mail bombs during a wave of Southern terror has been executed for killing a federal judge, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times.
by Kim Chandler, Associated Press
4.20.2018
11:40am
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A 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed his longtime friend and left his body in bushes near a...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
4.20.2018
11:35am
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Music superstar Prince died two years ago because he thought he was taking the common painkiller Vicodin when, unbeknownst to him, it was laced with deadly fentanyl, authorities said Thursday. Just short of two years after Prince's death, authorities...
by Maria Puente, USA Today
4.20.2018
11:04am
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The results of a NIST DNA mixture study showed that, as DNA sensitivity has grown by leaps and bounds, interpretation of those tiny clues has not kept pace. But those results were reached five years ago—and the study has not yet been published in a peer-...
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4.19.2018
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A man set for execution next month should be resentenced because he wouldn’t get the death penalty if he were sentenced today, his lawyers argued in a court filing Wednesday.
by Kate Brumback, Associated Press
4.19.2018
11:53am
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A once-trusted nanny who butchered two children in her care while their parents were away was convicted of murder by a jury that didn't believe her claims she was too insane at the time of the crime to be held responsible.
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
4.19.2018
11:44am
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In a paper published by the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, experts argue for strategies to help judges resolve conflicts between their morals and the letter of the law. The paper uses mandatory minimum sentences as a case study of one key context...
by University of Surrey
4.19.2018
10:39am
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The largest manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday that it will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month.
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
4.19.2018
10:34am
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Scientific and forensic institutions increasingly ask handwriting experts to state the likelihood that a specific handwriting feature will occur in handwriting in the general public. Following a new study, researchers are now advising courts to take a...
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4.18.2018
4:46pm
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Two former Island County, Washington jail guards were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in what many are calling a systemic failure by Island County Jail staff that led to the 2015 dehydration death of a 25-year-old inmate.
by Denver Pratt, The Bellingham Herald
4.18.2018
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A man who spent nearly 25 years on California’s death row for raping and killing a toddler before his conviction was overturned won’t be retried and could be freed within days, authorities said Tuesday.
by Associated Press
4.18.2018
11:21am
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For the past three weeks, police say, 56-year-old Lois Riess has led them on a nationwide pursuit—from the Minnesota worm farm where they found her husband shot to death last month; to Florida, where they think Riess befriended and killed a woman who...
by Avi Selk and Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post
4.18.2018
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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will review the death of a woman found hanging inside a mansion after a lawsuit verdict contradicted investigators’ findings that she committed suicide.
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4.18.2018
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The killing of a Massachusetts police officer has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers.
by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press
4.18.2018
11:03am
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Khalil Wheeler-Weaver was a "calm," even "helpful" witness, during the investigation into 19-year-old Robin West's murder, detectives said. But prosecutors say it turns out that Wheeler-Weaver was the one who killed West, strangled two more women and...
by Thomas Moriarty, NJ.com
4.18.2018
10:44am
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The second widespread forensic laboratory scandal in Massachusetts will bring more than 11,000 dismissed convictions, according to the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
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4.17.2018
11:41am
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Army researchers have developed an artificial intelligence and machine learning technique that produces a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face captured in low-light or nighttime conditions. This development could lead to enhanced...
by U.S. Army Research Laboratory
4.17.2018
11:34am
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A 3-year-old Kansas boy whose body was found encased in concrete last year sometimes was forced to stand naked in the basement of his home with his hands behind his back and a belt around his neck, and he was taunted and slapped while he screamed and...
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4.17.2018
11:31am
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Louisiana is one of only two states in the country allowing a non-unanimous jury to convict a defendant of a felony, and a Louisiana lawmaker says it is time for the practice to end.
by Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press
4.17.2018
11:21am
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After years starring in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Mariska Hargitay is now highlighting the subject matter in a new way by producing "I Am Evidence," a sobering and timely look at the way rape kits have been left to languish.
by Brian Lowry, CNN
4.17.2018
10:59am
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The jury at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial can hear the comedian's decade-old testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex, a judge ruled Tuesday, handing the prosecution a key victory in its effort to portray him as a serial predator.
by Michael R. Sisak and Claudia Lauer, Associated Press
4.17.2018
10:43am
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Advanced DNA analysis of degraded samples, complex sequencing and the use of public DNA databases could provide a link to the unnamed and unidentified mysteries that have lingered for years, and perhaps decades, the founders of the DNA Doe Project told...
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4.16.2018
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John Floyd spent 36 years locked up for a New Orleans murder he insisted he didn't commit. A federal judge sees things the same way and ordered his release from jail last year and a new trial. Her decision was backed by a federal appeals court. But Floyd...
by Kevin McGill, Associated Press
4.16.2018
10:33am
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As investigations continue into the attempted assassination of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain, findings released this week have renewed focus on the class of nerve agents allegedly used. And experts say that the UK event and a...
by Declan Butler, Nature
4.16.2018
10:29am
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A new Johns Hopkins Medicine analysis of national trauma data shows that trauma patients were four times more likely to die from gunshot wounds and nearly nine times more likely to die from stab wounds before getting to a trauma center in 2014, compared...
by Johns Hopkins Medicine
4.16.2018
10:14am
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Seven inmates were killed and at least 17 others seriously injured as inmates were left to fight for more than seven hours before authorities regained control of a maximum-security prison.
by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
4.16.2018
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Two prisoners who were serving life sentences for a 1995 robbery and homicide were cleared of their murder convictions today, according to the Innocence Project. Paul Kenneth Jenkins and Fred Joe Lawrence have been behind bars for 23 years for the...
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4.13.2018
4:27pm
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It's been said that people can be judged by the company they keep. New research from Michigan State University shows that what's true for the living also is true for the dead.
by Michigan State University
4.13.2018
11:27am
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New Jersey's top law enforcement official is taking over a murder investigation from a county prosecutor and weighing statewide reforms in light of new DNA evidence that freed two men after nearly 25 years, NJ Advance Media has learned.
by S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com
4.13.2018
11:18am
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The case of Jack Sawyer, an 18-year-old man accused of a thwarted plot to shoot up a Vermont high school, has fascinated legal experts who say it is forcing the state to grapple with the difficult issue of when intent to do something becomes an actual...
by Nina Keck, Vermont Public Radio
4.13.2018
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A Mexican drug kingpin convicted in the 1985 killing of a DEA agent was added Thursday to the FBI's list of most-wanted fugitives. Rafael Caro Quintero was mistakenly released from a Mexican prison in 2013 while serving a 40-year sentence for the...
by Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press
4.13.2018
10:25am
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The name of the young woman known only as the “Buck Skin Girl,” found strangled and beaten to death in April 1981, remained unknown for 37 years. Ultimately, it was advanced DNA analysis involving genealogy databases that was the crucial breakthrough...
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4.12.2018
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Challenges reported by both police and the public surrounding usability issues with the vast array of body cams and recording functionality prompted a study by human factors/ergonomics researchers from Wichita State University. In their just-published...
by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
4.12.2018
1:15pm
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A former nurse who was fired last month from a Texas hospital has been charged with murder in the death of a patient last year and will likely face additional charges for hurting other patients in six other cases, police announced Wednesday.
by David Warren and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
4.12.2018
1:00pm
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Heroin and prescription opioid abuse and fatal overdoses are a public health emergency in the United States. Vaccines offer a potential new strategy to treat opioid abuse and prevent fatal opioid overdoses.
by University of Minnesota
4.12.2018
12:46pm
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A man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Michigan girl is now accused of killing her while free on bond, preventing her from testifying in the rape case.
by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press
4.12.2018
12:41pm
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By measuring levels of three metabolites—lactate, urea and glutamate—in the skin secretions of multiple individuals, a team of researchers at the University of Albany Department of Chemistry were able to show that no two individuals had the same levels.
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4.12.2018
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Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing a seventh murder charge involving a missing man whose family initially thought he had abandoned his wife and two daughters.
by Rob Gillies, Associated Press
4.12.2018
10:06am
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The murderer of 31-year-old Allison Feldman had left DNA in her home, but that genetic profile did not show up in any state or national databases for more than three years. But when Arizona law enforcement tried familial DNA searching for the first time...
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4.11.2018
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