Northam signs bills expanding DNA, fingerprint databases in wake of Graham case

Standing underneath a projection of their daughter’s high school senior portrait, Hannah Graham’s parents watched Gov. Ralph Northam sign legislation they hope will help prevent violent crimes similar to the one that took their daughter.
More than three years after the University of Virginia second year was abducted and murdered, state legislators this year passed two bills that mandate DNA analysis for people convicted of misdemeanor criminal trespassing or assault and battery.

‘Making a Murderer’ teen asks Supreme Court to take case

The Supreme Court’s justices will have their first opportunity to discuss taking Dassey’s case in a closed-door meeting Thursday. If they won’t hear it, that news could come as early as Monday. If the court does agree to hear the case, arguments would be in the fall.

Using bloodstains at crime scenes to determine age of a suspect or victim

A technique called Raman spectroscopy provides information about the chemical composition and molecular structure of material. Thus, Igor Lednev and colleagues wanted to see whether they could use this method to analyze blood components to determine the ages of victims and suspects.

Judge tosses out some DNA evidence allegedly tied to death of student from Portland

AUSTIN — A judge has tossed out some DNA evidence that prosecutors planned to present at the trial for the man charged with with killing a University of Texas student on campus in 2016, KVUE’s news partners at the Austin American-Statesman report.
Meechaiel Criner appeared in court Monday and Tuesday where a discussion regarding the DNA collection software used during the investigation unfolded.

DNA Doe Project helping with years-old Butler County Jane Doe case

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -For three years, Butler County officials have been working to identify a woman who was found dead in West Chester in 2015. Now, with the help of a non-profit focused on DNA, they could be getting closer than ever.
Three young boys found the unidentified woman’s bones in a wooded area near the intersection of Tylersville Road and Cincinnati-Dayton Road in March 2015.

Should Statutes of Limitations for Rape Be Abolished?

Across the country, time-limiting laws prevent scores of sexual assault cases from being prosecuted, in spite of persuasive evidence or a confession.

Daughter of US serial killer offers DNA to gardai in bid to help solve Irish cold case murders

The daughter of a notorious US serial killer has offered her DNA to gardai in a bid to help solve cold case murders that took place during a period when her father visited Ireland.
Jenn Carson, whose father was Michael ‘Bear’ Carson, also known as the ‘San Francisco Witch Killer’ spoke to Dave Fanning on RTE Radio 1’s Ryan Tubridy Show today.

Jenny Craig to introduce DNA testing in weight loss plans

CARLSBAD, CALIF. — Jenny Craig plans to integrate DNA testing of specific nutrition and health genetic markers into its comprehensive weight loss plans. The company said it will use genetic testing to optimize results for its members by matching their genes to a personalized nutritional program.

Korean War GI from Gary, who had been missing since 1950, to be buried on Saturday

The remains of U.S. Army Pfc. David Baker, who had been missing in action since November 1950, will finally be buried Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park in Hobart.
Mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched him with his family, was used, as well as anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence, the Defense Department said.

Texans are raising thousands to test rape kits — now the Legislature needs to do more

The process is straightforward — or as straightforward as anything can be at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Texans renewing or applying for a driver’s license have the option to check a box and donate funds to help officials test backlogged rape kits in police departments across the state.
Five months in, the crowdfunding law has raised $250,000, with individual donations ranging from $1 to $5,000.

Victorians under arrest to be DNA swabbed under new legislation

AUS- Victoria Police will have the power to take DNA swabs from every person arrested for a serious crime, before they’re even charged, under proposed new laws set to be tabled on Wednesday.
Police say more than 10,000 unsolved crimes could be unravelled if Parliament passes the new legislation to be introduced by the police minister.

Conviction Comes 32 Years After Rapes

The attacks came before DNA testing, before the internet. Ronald Reagan was president. News reports at the time said one of the women was in her shower getting ready for work when she was attacked by a stranger with a knife. Another was at her own door when the man jumped her.

Grand jury indicts DNA profile of ‘D.C.-area hotel rapist’ for 1998-2006 assaults

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — In a groundbreaking case, a grand jury in Washington has indicted the DNA profile of a suspect wanted for a series of rapes from 1998 to 2006 in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.
It’s the first time in D.C. that a John Doe DNA profile has been indicted, according to statements from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI.

Attorney for UT murder suspect challenges new DPS DNA analysis

AUSTIN (KXAN) — During a pre-trial hearing for Meechaiel Criner, who is charged with the capital murder of UT student Haruka Weiser, the discussion turned to a debate over a new DNA testing method used in this case and whether the results should be permitted as evidence.

Houston Forensic Science Center to use private laboratory to help eliminate backlog

HOUSTON – The Houston Forensic Science Center is working to eliminate their backlog by temporary utilizing a private laboratory for DNA testing.
The HFSC is planning to send most incoming DNA work to a private lab over about 10 months as it eliminates a backlog and builds a sustainable process that helps avoid future backlogs.