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A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and "trigger happy" when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer's murder...
by Ryan Tarinelli, Associated Press
8.17.2018
12:35pm
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One of the U.K.’s leading forensics experts hopes techniques she developed in Dundee could identify child abusers around the globe.
by Stefan Morkis, The Courier
8.17.2018
11:39am
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After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. On Thursday, Watts was in jail after being arrested on suspicion of killing his family, probably...
by Kathleen Foody and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press
8.17.2018
11:15am
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A Kansas carnival worker posed as a member of a fictitious mafia group and ordered fellow workers to kill a couple as part of an initiation ritual, police in Arkansas alleged in filing charges related to dumping the bodies.
by Associated Press
8.17.2018
11:09am
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A cross-section of hundreds of people who were shot by police shows that a majority of the suspects who were subject to the use of force had recent arrests or hospitalizations, along with higher rates of substance abuse use, psychosis and impulsivity...
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8.16.2018
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Brandon Hein was 18 when he and three other teenagers were charged in the 1995 stabbing death of the 16-year-old son of a Los Angeles police detective. Hein was sentenced to life in prison under California's "felony murder" rule that holds accomplices to...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
8.16.2018
11:12am
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A divided Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeals ruling that using a drug-sniffing dog outside a person’s apartment without a warrant is a violation of Fourth Amendment rights.
by Bob Collins, Minnesota Public Radio
8.16.2018
11:06am
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Forty-six people overdosed Wednesday at or near a Connecticut park from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana, requiring paramedics to be stationed there to provide treatment, authorities said.
by Associated Press
8.16.2018
10:58am
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According to research from the U.S., over 25 percent of people later exonerated by DNA evidence made a false confession. So, what makes an innocent person admit to a serious crime?
by Faye Skelton, Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University
8.16.2018
10:44am
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Police can identify suspects within 60 seconds, without needing to bring them into a station, with a new mobile fingerprint system being rolled out in the next six months by the Metropolitan Police Service of Greater London, England, authorities...
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8.15.2018
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Ordinary Wi-Fi can easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags at museums, stadiums, theme parks, schools and other public venues, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led study.
by Rutgers University
8.15.2018
11:34am
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Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection.
by Grant Schulte, Associated Press
8.15.2018
11:21am
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Roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, according to a sweeping state grand jury report released Tuesday that accused senior church officials, including a clergyman...
by Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
8.15.2018
11:19am
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Tests confirmed the remains of an unknown person buried in Georgia are those of a 15-year-old boy who ran away from his southeastern Michigan home in 1979, authorities said.
by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press
8.15.2018
11:15am
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LIDAR, or the use of light in a radar-liked platform, can show minute changes in elevations for burial mounds, according to the recent study by personnel from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm,” published in...
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8.14.2018
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The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science are inviting the forensic science community to input to a study on reproducible science.
by University of Dundee
8.14.2018
11:30am
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Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose video-recorded shooting in a store parking lot has revived debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law.
by Terry Spencer and Tamara Lush, Associated Press
8.14.2018
11:21am
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Violence has fallen in nearly all major U.S. cities since 1991, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York University. However, recent fluctuations in violence in selected cities point to temporary disruptions in this 17-year decline.
by New York University
8.14.2018
11:14am
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Prosecutors added another murder charge Monday against a California serial killing suspect, boosting the number of victims to 13 in the Golden State Killer case.
by Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press
8.14.2018
10:46am
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A divided New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that police videos of an arrest that led to criminal charges against an officer can be shielded from disclosure under public records laws.
by Associated Press
8.14.2018
10:41am
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A man who fled to Thailand after allegedly tossing his dead 7-month-old son into a river sent a chilling text to the mother while he was on the run about the fate of her child, prosecutors said Friday.
by Stephen R. Groves, Associated Press
8.13.2018
12:32pm
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A man convicted of a 1988 double killing in western Nebraska is seeking to reopen the case by using new technology to identify fingerprints left at the crime scene, even as a new documentary series nearing completion calls into question his guilt.
by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press
8.13.2018
12:22pm
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A federal judge on Friday refused to block Nebraska from carrying out the state's first-ever lethal injection despite a German pharmaceutical company's lawsuit that claims the state illicitly obtained its drugs.
by Grant Schulte, Associated Press
8.13.2018
12:08pm
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Missing in Michigan is holding their first “DoeFundMe” online fundraiser. The goal is to raise $3500 to put towards DNA processing in the murder of a young woman who was never identified.
by Jessica Royce, WNEM
8.13.2018
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Authorities say the killer of three family members in Colorado in 1984 was hidden in prison two states over. His DNA was never collected because of a loophole in Nevada law — a loophole authorities are only now starting to close, according to an...
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8.10.2018
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In 2013, the Czech Bishops’ Conference approved the process of beatification of a priest who had become a martyr figure in the decades since the fall of the Iron Curtain. But there was a problem: the process requires the remains. Enter advanced DNA — and...
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8.10.2018
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Civil rights activists and local aldermen are criticizing a joint investigation by Chicago police and the Norfolk Southern Railroad that involved using a truck loaded with shoes to lure potential thieves.
by Associated Press
8.10.2018
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Four people, including two police officers, were shot to death in an apartment complex in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton on Friday, and a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. It was a rare instance of gun violence in the Canadian...
by Associated Press
8.10.2018
12:02pm
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Veterinarians in Colorado are concerned that some of their clients may have intentionally hurt their pets in the hopes of receiving prescription painkillers, according to a recent survey conducted by the Center for Health, Work...
by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
8.10.2018
11:58am
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Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade.
by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press
8.10.2018
11:48am
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The jurors who convicted Gerald Simmons in a 2009 drug case made their decision without knowing a crucial detail. Jose Ovalle, one of the deputies who also booked the evidence, had been suspended five years earlier for pouring taco sauce on a shirt to...
by Corina Knoll, Ben Poston and Maya Lau, Los Angeles Times
8.10.2018
11:16am
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An off-duty Cincinnati officer working a security detail at a grocery store approached an 11-year-old girl he believed might be shoplifting, then struck her in the back using his Taser as she walked away, authorities say.
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8.9.2018
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A registered sex offender in Virginia has pleaded guilty to a child porn charge just a month after he was charged with downloading abuse videos through a Dropbox cloud account — a tactic tracked through “virtual machine” digital forensics on his...
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8.9.2018
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"Safe consumption sites," where people can use pre-obtained drugs with medically trained personnel on hand to treat overdoses, garner higher public support when they are called "overdose prevention sites," according to a study led by researchers at Johns...
by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
8.9.2018
11:28am
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A father arrested at a ramshackle New Mexico compound where 11 hungry children were found living in filth was training youngsters to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday.
by Morgan Lee and Mary Hudetz, Associated Press
8.9.2018
11:22am
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A German pharmaceutical company has filed a lawsuit to prevent Nebraska from using lethal injection drugs next week in what would be the state's first execution in more than two decades.
by Grant Schulte, Associated Press
8.9.2018
11:18am
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A new study that examined how Tempe, Arizona, planned and carried out a body-worn camera program found that adhering to federal guidelines helped ensure integration and acceptance among police, citizens and other stakeholders.
by Crime and Justice Research Alliance
8.9.2018
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Forensic science has been “under attack” in recent years — coming under fire for anything that doesn’t have a quantitative basis, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the National Symposium on Forensic Science on Tuesday.
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8.8.2018
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Even when sexual assault evidence kits are available in hospitals, less than a third of those assaulted go through with the full procedure and release the forensic evidence to the police, reveals research published online in Emergency Medicine Journal.
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8.8.2018
12:29pm
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Detroit police allege that a murder suspect who was released after his case was botched 15 years ago is also being investigated as a suspect in homicides in two other states.
by Associated Press
8.8.2018
11:58am
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