Monthly Archives: January 2013

State Lawmaker Wants To Take All Misdemeanor Offenders’ DNA

dna testDENVER (CBS4) – There’s a proposal to collect DNA from everyone who commits a crime in Colorado, no matter how small.

IMPD: DNA leads to arrest of man wanted for rape

DNA StrandINDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrested a man wanted for rape only 48 hours after receiving a DNA hit.

Wisconsin Appeals Court upholds conviction in Teresa Halbach slaying

helix2Madison – A state appeals court has rejected Brendan Dassey’s request for a new trial on charges that he helped kill a young woman in 2005 in one of Wisconsin’s most notorious crimes.

UNT Health Science Center to Help Identify up to 20,000 Found in Libya’s Mass Graves

DNA HelixFORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — DNA experts at the UNT Health Science Center will help train Libyan scientists to analyze the remains of an estimated 20,000 people found in mass graves in Libya following the uprising of 2011 in an effort to identify them. The mass graves are thought to contain remains of people who went missing during the 42-year regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The identification work is expected to take several years.

Closer BCI lab a plus for area law officials

DNA1MARIETTA – A new regional office for Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation could lead to shorter turnaround times on evidence processing, which local law enforcement agencies rely on to help solve cases.

Former police captain cleared after spending nearly 15 years in prison

dna_justiceOhio police captain who spent nearly 15 years in prison in his ex-wife’s killing was released Tuesday hours after a judge ruled that DNA test results prove he’s innocent.

‘Higher cost’ of Forensic Science Service closure

DNA AnalystThe cost of closing down the Forensic Science Service (FSS) could be more than three times the UK government’s estimate, says a leading scientist.

Lawyer asks judge to suppress DNA evidence in rape case

CourtA defense attorney on Monday questioned the strength of the DNA evidence that Fayette County prosecutors contend links a Lake Lynn man to a 2011 rape.

3 Years After Inception, a DNA Technique Yields Little Success for the Police

human idThe process of turning crime-scene DNA into a family tree of possible leads has been quietly undertaken in more than two dozen cases in New York City since 2009, when a divided state committee voted to allow the release of so-called partial match DNA data to investigators.

House committee kills “Katie’s Law”

DNA GraphicKatie’s Law, a bill that would have allowed the state to collect DNA of people arrested for certain felonies will not move forward in the Wyoming House.

Grant Progress Assessments for Forensic Laboratory Enhancement Awards

Justice DeptThe Grant Progress Assessment program was created to ensure that grantees used federal grant funds to achieve the goals and objectives set forth by Congress. It became an important tool for NIJ program managers for another reason — the assessments helped them educate grantees on grant requirements and special conditions, which in turn helped grantees better administer their grants. In the absence of an active GPA program, grantees can use this page as a reference for lessons learned from the program, and to learn about the program’s accomplishments, purpose and history.

In Q&A, D.C. Forensic Sciences Chief Says Lab Moving Toward Accreditation

helix2It’s been four months since the grand opening of Washington’s new forensic sciences laboratory. The $220 million facility is fully operational and District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences director Max Houck said they have a plan in place for moving towards accreditation and are making progress in filling vacant positions.

Ohio DNA Test Time Decreases

DNA1A recent decrease in turnaround time for DNA processing has played a vital role in closing crime investigations in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio.
As a result, forensic scientists working at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are processing DNA cases in record time — turnaround time has been reduced from approximately 125 days in 2010 to 25 days in 2012.

3 Years After Inception, a DNA Technique Yields Little Success for the Police

Evidence and DNAThe robber fled through a backyard in Queens, dropping a jacket and gloves and with them, genetic material.

DNA database gives hope for abducted children

ChenBEIJING: Thousands of children have been reunited with their parents thanks to a ground-breaking national DNA database, a leading figure in the fight against trafficking said.