Category Archives: Current Cases

Forensic Evidence Links Hannah Graham Case to Other Unsolved Murder

Harrington and GrahamCHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Gone but not forgotten.
Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, disappeared in October 2009. Her remains were found a few months later.
Her death remains a mystery, but it’s back in the news this week because of the arrest of Jesse Matthew — the only known suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.
Virginia State Police have not said how the two cases are connected, except to say there is a “new forensic link.”

Renowned UK DNA pioneer Peter Gill adds voice to Amanda Knox case

amanda-knoxDr. Peter Gill has taken on the task of analyzing the disputed DNA evidence in the Meredith Kercher murder case, providing his expert opinion in his new book titled “Misleading DNA evidence: reasons for miscarriages of justice.”

Medical staff collect DNA samples from relatives of missing passengers

dna12Officials have set up a tent to collect DNA, beside the auditorium where many families of the missing passengers have been spending sleepless nights.
While rescue divers are putting in great efforts to search for survivors and recover bodies, the time that has passed and the harsh conditions at sea have made it difficult to identify the bodies.
With heavy hearts, families of the missing passengers have begun submitting their DNA to speed up the process of identification.

France Casts DNA Dragnet in Rape Case

cold case evidenceFrench investigators have begun taking DNA samples from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they search for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.

Push to Expedite Rape Kit Testing

DNA Strands2SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sexual assault advocates are demanding changes in the handling of crucial evidence from rape cases in California.
It’s estimated tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting on evidence shelves waiting to be processed.

Stay away, don’t try to play with us: Dubai Police tell Pink Panther gang

pinkpnaantherDUBAI // Dubai Police worked closely with the production company behind a film about the notorious Pink Panthers jewellery thieves to get the message across that criminal activity will not be tolerated in the UAE.

Nebraska Supreme Court denies convicted man’s request for DNA testing of evidence in his case

CourtOMAHA, Nebraska — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday nixed a request for DNA testing of evidence gathered in the case of a man serving life in prison for shooting another man to death at an Omaha restaurant drive-thru.

Ketani case: Defence attacks credibility of DNA

KetaniGrave3jpgJOHANNESBURG – The murder trial of Betty Ketani will continue hearing evidence today about the inner workings of a DNA laboratory in Bosnia as a battle over a chain-of-evidence in the case continues.

Amanda Knox and DNA Contamination

amanda-knoxCentral to the inquiry is what, if any evidence, links Knox to the Kercher murder. Knox’s retrial led to new DNA tests on a knife that prosecutors said could be the murder weapon. But Greg Hampikian – founder and director of the Idaho Innocence Project – voiced serious concerns about this evidence.

Mecklenburg triple homicide case could hinge on DNA

LevinsThe death penalty murder trial of Justin Hurd enters a pivotal phase this week with prosecutors expected to present DNA evidence that links the Ohio man to the February 2008 slayings that wiped out a north Charlotte household.

Testimony ends in Hank Skinner DNA hearing

DNA IrelandPAMPA — A Texas Department of Public Safety expert testified Tuesday that genetic material found on a knife at the scene of a 1993 triple homicide was consistent with Hank Skinner’s DNA profile, but the death row inmate’s defense team maintains that another man killed the family.

Kercher trial: How does DNA contamination occur?

KnoxPotential for the contamination of forensic DNA evidence has been highlighted by the Meredith Kercher murder trial. But just how much of a problem is it and what lessons should be drawn?

Amber Kirwan’s DNA on top found in car as murder trial continues

DNA ArtworkPICTOU, N.S. – Amber Kirwan’s DNA and that of the man accused of killing her were found on the same piece of clothing along with another unknown DNA sample.

Knife DNA traced to Knox in trial

Knox TrialExpert testimony in the third murder trial of US student Amanda Knox says tests on the presumed murder weapon show a new DNA trace belongs to Knox, not Meredith Kercher.

David Camm walks out of courthouse a free man after acquittal

DNA sequence examined under a magnifying glassLEBANON, IN (WAVE) – David Camm walked out of the Boone County Courthouse a free man Thursday afternoon, one hour after jurors found him not guilty of murdering his family in September 2000. It was Camm’s third trial in the case, and the only one in which he was acquitted.