Iowa City police today charged a former Iowa City man with the 1997 murder of his wife. Iowa City officers, with the help of local police, arrested 73-year-old John Richard Bloomfield today on a warrant for first-degree murder at his home in St. Paul, Minnesota.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern Regional Crime Laboratory is one of just three crime labs in the nation using a cutting-edge forensics technology known as True Allele.
Scientists say it could work to solve cases that have gone cold for years.
One such case is that of Jessica Martinez.
Cases like this have become common in recent years, with DNA used to arrest and convict people in what had once seemed impossible-to-solve crimes as well as to exonerate others sent to prison on what had appeared to be airtight evidence.
Sexual assault investigators often rely on DNA evidence from victim exam kits to aid in identifying suspects and solving cases.
However, local investigators don’t send exam kits from every case to the state Crime Lab to be tested because of concerns about overloading lab staff. Local departments typically submit exam kits to the Crime Lab only if a suspect is charged, or if the victim does not know the offender.
Evidence culled from old rape-evidence kits continues to add up, with 688 of 2,093 kits — about 1 in 3 — tested so far by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation resulting in positive “hits” in the state DNA database.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The recent testing of Cleveland rape kits from decades ago has identified a new slew of potential serial rapists.
The initiative also may forever change the way rapes are investigated in Greater Cleveland.
CARLISLE — It’s nearly 100-percent likely that DNA evidence found on the victim of a 2001 killing matches Douglas P. Smith, 58, of Harrisburg
Though lab technician John Picciano was reluctant to testify in Cumberland County court Tuesday that it’s a sure match, he did say it is only a 1 in 2.6 quadrillion chance that it matches someone else.
DENVER (CBS4 ) – A 40-year-old man has been formally charged in connection with a cold case kidnapping and sexual assault case.
CBS) – Investigators in the small southeastern Missouri town of Benton are hoping newly obtained evidence and leading-edge “Touch” DNA forensic technology might finally help solve a murder that has remained a mystery for more twenty years.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted the DNA profiles of four unknown suspects last week in rape cases first reported in 1993.