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Prosecutors' reliance on DNA evidence and police credibility went on trial, along with a man they call murderer, kidnapper and arsonist, as a 24-year-old Mesa, Arizona cold case finally made it to court Tuesday.
by Sean Holstege, Pheonix News Times
12:19pm
8.16.2017
In a chance occurrence, the Y-STR mixture in the underwear of a rape victim was provided solely by two of three convicted suspects, and the third was only exonerated when a fuller profile of the DNA showed he was excluded from the mixture, as...
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12:17pm
8.10.2017
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A man accused of burglarizing a Southern California home took a bathroom break and left DNA evidence in the toilet that led to his arrest, an investigator said Tuesday.
by Associated Press
9:00am
8.9.2017
A mass DNA test being organized in the Netherlands, in a bid to find the killer of an 11-year boy almost 20 years ago, is to be delayed until 2018, the public prosecution department said on Thursday. Officials plan to ask 15,000 men, mainly from...
by Dutch News
9:26am
8.4.2017
An arrest has been made in the 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard in Louisiana. Authorities announced Monday that a match to suspect Blake A. Russell had been made through DNA. Russell's arrest followed a tip based on a sketch built by Parabon...
by KPLC
10:12am
7.25.2017
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A 16-year-old who disappeared after running away from home in 1976 has been identified as one of the 33 victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Jimmy Haakenson's was only recently identified thanks to DNA technology that wasn't available when the...
by Don Babwin and Jeff Baenen, Associated Press
9:35am
7.20.2017
New York State Police are hoping, more than three decades after the murder and dismemberment of 19-year-old Tina Foglia, that her case will be an early candidate for DNA familial searching, a special test approved for use this fall in New York state.
by Mary Murphy, PIX11
12:16pm
7.17.2017
Forensic Magazine has found that seven states had prisoners whose DNA had not been collected, and who were not in CODIS. Most often, these states had no retroactivity conditions in their DNA laws, which were generally enacted in the 1990s and were...
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9:44am
7.17.2017
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Police in Victoria, Australia will begin the painstaking task of retesting all the forensic exhibits held in relation to the 1980 stabbing murder of Maria James to build a DNA profile of her killer, after admitting they had used the wrong sample to...
by Nino Bucci, The Age
10:27am
7.13.2017
Police officials in Lake County, Florida are hoping the rarely used procedure of familial DNA testing will help reveal the identity of "Julie Doe," a transgender woman found dead in a rural area in 1988.
by Christal Hayes, Orlando Sentinel
11:01am
7.12.2017
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A research team has shown that human blood extracted from mosquitoes remains viable for DNA analysis up to two days after feeding. Human DNA from mosquitoes can help police work out who was at a crime scene and, in the future, might provide evidence...
by Nagoya University
11:27am
7.10.2017
A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared of the crime after genetic evidence was re-tested and excluded him as a suspect.
by Jim Suhr, Associated Press
9:38am
6.30.2017
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Serial rapist Tommie Lee Andrews, who was sent to prison nearly 30 years ago after being the first person in the United States to be convicted on DNA evidence, has returned to court in Orange County to plead for his release. Andrews finished his...
by WESH2
10:58am
6.28.2017
Months after hundreds of cases were thrown into question over improper DNA interpretation at the Broward Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory, the public defender's office says defendants aren't getting a fair shake at challenging potentially tainted...
by Brittany Shammas, Miami New Times
10:49am
6.27.2017
The moment of truth for a notorious suspected “chameleon” serial killer in 2002 came when his fingerprints matched his identity from more than a decade before with the unexpected speed of the latest Advanced Fingerprint Identification System.
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5:36pm
6.20.2017
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A top New York State forensic science body on Friday approved the use of the emerging DNA technique of familial searching, a method used in 10 other states that has led to the solving of numerous cold case murders.
by Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday
9:11am
6.20.2017
The devastating fire that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims. Firefighters keep searching the charred ruins of the Grenfell Tower public housing...
by Maria Cheng, Associated Press
8:37am
6.19.2017
Kentucky's highest court is reviewing a judge's decision last year to release two men accused of killing a woman as part of a satanic ritual, considering whether the judge abused his authority by overturning the men's convictions in a case that...
by Adam Beam, Associated Press
9:37am
6.9.2017
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A state prosecutor and defense attorneys will ask a judge on Thursday to set aside the murder conviction of Alfred Swinton and to order a new trial. Swinton was convicted based in part on testimony that his teeth matched a bite mark on the victim,...
by Dave Altimari and David Owens, Hartford Courant
9:51am
6.8.2017
Sophisticated forensic DNA software represents a huge advance for forensic analysts, significantly improving their ability to contribute to criminal investigations in which DNA evidence formerly was considered too complex to interpret. However,...
by Richard Wivell
8:00am
6.8.2017
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Authorities trailing a man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing two young women who disappeared from their Los Angeles neighborhoods used his DNA to tie him to the 2011 crimes after he spit on a sidewalk. Investigators began focusing on...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
9:59am
5.31.2017
A man described by British police as a "serial rapist" has been jailed for a further 12 years for a sex attack dating back almost three decades. Raymond Manners, 56, admitted raping a woman on February 23, 1991. Manners was already serving 10 years...
by BBC News
10:36am
5.30.2017
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In China, the government has forged ahead in building what is apparently the most massive genetic database in the world. Authorities have been collecting DNA from people brought in only for questioning, those seeking passports or other official...
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12:39pm
5.26.2017
A man now charged in connection with two rapes and one attempted rape in uptown Athens, Ohio over a 10-year period starting in 2006 managed to avoid DNA collection when he was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for a felony firearm offense in...
by David DeWitt, The Athens News
10:53am
5.22.2017
A special state subcommittee Friday will be fine tuning a proposal for New York State to use familial searching, an emerging DNA technique used to solve cold case homicides around the country. Under proposed guidelines, special DNA analysis will be...
by Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday
11:31am
5.19.2017
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The DNA sample taken from a Catholic priest who died in 2001 does not match evidence from the unsolved 1969 killing of Baltimore nun Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, Baltimore County police said Wednesday. The announcement came days before the premiere...
by Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun
12:04pm
5.18.2017
A suspect in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Ireland was identified after his DNA was taken when he was arrested for a traffic offense. The breakthrough in the case was revealed in a report by Forensic Science Ireland (FSI), which...
by Shane Phelan, Irish Independent
11:41am
5.18.2017
A massive murder investigation that involved more than 15,000 DNA samples to catch the killer of a 13-year-old Italian girl was awarded the “DNA Database Hit of the Year” by an influential lobbying firm. The case involved a series of sophisticated...
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11:18am
5.17.2017
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CODIS was set up nearly 30 years ago with an eye toward making it an exacting identification system based on 13 markers. A new paper demonstrates that the 13 loci have information encoded in their markers that could indicate much of how the rest of...
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3:28pm
5.15.2017
Fred M. Jones was one of 429 sailors aboard the USS Oklahoma when it sank Dec. 7, 1941, following an attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, but he was declared missing in action by the U.S. Navy. Jones' body was recently identified after the Navy...
by Roberto Acosta, MLive
11:40am
5.9.2017
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In 2012, New York became the first state to begin collecting DNA from every person convicted of a crime. Officials say this practice is what led them to John Bittrolff, who has been charged in the 1993 and 1994 murders of two women, after his...
by Frank Eltman and Tom Hays, Associated Press
9:45am
5.8.2017
About 8,000 Nevada inmates are not in CODIS or other DNA databases, due to a loophole in Nevada law. These inmates were locked up before standard genetic collection began in the 1990s, and the law was never enforced retroactively. Efforts are...
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5:02pm
4.25.2017
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Australian scientists are using specialist DNA technology to identify the remains of soldiers dating back to World War I. Bone fragments from 10 soldiers who served in France and Papua New Guinea are being tested in a process that until now was...
by Nicole Chettle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
10:57am
4.24.2017
A mix of high-tech analysis of genetic markers and a keen observation of a detective who jotted a suspicious license plate on his hand led right to a suspected killer's door, authorities announced Saturday, after an arrest was made in the murder of...
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12:38pm
4.17.2017
The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab is preparing to expand its criminal DNA testing to include familial searching. Louisiana intends to join a growing list of states that over the past decade have cautiously adopted the controversial technique.
by Jim Mustian, The New Orleans Advocate
9:11am
4.17.2017
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DNA examination on four bullet casings and a black T-shirt from the scene of a murder has been ordered in response to a motion filed late last year by Antoine D. Young, who was convicted of the 2007 killing and has served eight years of a life...
by Joe Duggan, Omaha World-Herald
12:46pm
4.3.2017
Familial searching is now an investigative option for criminal cases in New York, after a unanimous vote by a state forensic agency today. The approval follows the high-profile murder of a jogger last summer, in which prosecutors and the victim’s...
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11:42am
3.28.2017
Some countries allow searching of entire DNA information which allows police to look for genes coding what a person looks like, and where their ancestors came from. Germany is now considering a measure that would allow wider investigative use of DNA...
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12:18pm
3.27.2017
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A man who killed his ex-partner 36 years ago has been convicted of her manslaughter after new DNA techniques linked him to chewing gum used to conceal her body. Osmond Bell, 60, was sentenced to 12 years for the killing of Nova Welsh in July 1981.
by William Watkinson, International Business Times
10:55am
3.24.2017
It played out in front of a packed hotel ballroom of some 800 people at last year’s International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in Minneapolis: the unexpected reunion between the survivor of a brutal serial rapist and the forensic analyst...
by Karen Burkhartzmeyer, Promega Corporation
8:59am
3.22.2017
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