Dr. Guy Vallaro and a team of scientists at the CT State Forensic Science Lab are hoping to reinvigorate cold case investigations with a new unit that focuses on re-examining DNA, firearms, fingerprints and computer evidence to generate new leads.
ROANOKE, Va. – There is a 7.2 billion chance of someone other than Jesse Matthew being the source of DNA collected after a 2005 rape in Fairfax, according to a forensic scientist who testified in the trial.
A North Bay man was charged with a cold case murder after prosecutors say DNA evidence connected him to the death of a Southern California woman more than 40 years ago, officials said.
Larry Stephens, 65, of Santa Rosa, was charged with the 1974 murder of Patricia Ross, a 30-year-old business woman from La Palma (Orange County).
LAS VEGAS (AP) — With thousands of untested rape kits going back three decades, Nevada’s attorney general and police officials in the state’s two most populous counties are promising to examine each one.
Nevada has about 6,300 samples to be tested, Attorney General Adam Laxalt said in a statement released through a spokeswoman. Almost all are from the Las Vegas area.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY – An advocacy group for rape victims released a disturbing new report surrounding untested rape kits.
Thousands of these kits are sitting in evidence rooms while victims wait. Wednesday, a Senate committee met to take a closer look at the problem in an effort to end the backlog.
Advocates said the backlog is proof police departments don’t take rape seriously. Police departments said there isn’t enough money to process all the kits and some go untested because the victims choose not to prosecute.
MERIDEN CT- In September of last year, the Department of Scientific Services, better known as the state crime lab received a National Institute of Justice grant. The two-year $172,000 grant was given specifically to help reduce the back log of Cold Cases.
DETROIT, MI – Government and police officials in Wayne County announced Tuesday that $3 million in state funds has been used to expand the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.
Kirk Odom was convicted of a 1981 rape and robbery after a woman identified him as her attacker and an FBI specialist testified that hair on her nightgown was consistent with hair on Odom’s head.
But DNA testing some 30 years later affirmed what Odom long had maintained: The hair wasn’t his; neither was the semen left on a pillowcase and robe. A felony conviction that imprisoned him for decades was overturned in 2012 by a judge who declared it a “grave miscarriage of justice.”
ATLANTA (CBS46) – Advocates of sexual assault victims said the findings of a CBS46 investigation into untested rape kits are “very upsetting.
“These kits represent victims,” said Jennifer Bivins, president of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault.
RACINE, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) — Second-degree sexual assault charges are filed against a 38-year-old Racine man after D-N-A evidence connected him to a crime committed almost 13 years ago.
A smudge of central nervous system tissue on re-convicted double murderer Mark Lundy’s polo shirt has this month highlighted the mighty power of fighting crime with science. Now new advances could solve some of New Zealand’s cold cases and boost chances of catching criminals. Deidre Mussen report as our DNA profile databank turns 20.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Cobb County prosecutors say a man who was linked to a $1.6 million jewelry store burglary because of DNA found on a plastic spoon has been sentenced to prison.
RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Forensics Science hit an important milestone last month, according the Governor’s office. Scientists achieved the state’s 10,000th DNA database “cold hit.”
MARTINEZ, Calif. — In Contra Costa County, Calif., two cold cases dating back more than two decades are now believed solved thanks to new DNA technology.
William Huff would’ve been released from Solano County Jail Tuesday, but now he’s at a Martinez, Calif., facility on murder charges, thanks to a newly formed cold case unit in Contra Costa County.
The victim was a 23-year-old married woman, four months pregnant. On Dec. 17, 1981, a week before Christmas, she answered a knock at the door from a man asking for travel directions. It was to become a classic case of stranger rape — brutal, random and, seemingly, unsolvable.