Daily Archives: August 5, 2010

Legislation Introduced in the House to Permit Familial DNA Searches in National Database

American Chronicle
Schiff Introduces the Utilizing DNA Technology to Solve Cold Cases Act of 2010

Washington, DC – For nearly 25 years, a serial killer roamed the streets of South Los Angeles, murdering 11 people. According to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck, the challenge facing the LAPD was the fact that it had the DNA from the suspect, but there was no match in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Four hours for forensic DNA test

BBC News
Forensic scientists have developed a test that can match a suspect’s DNA to crime scene samples in just four hours.

Orchid Cellmark’s Q2 Revenues Up 7 Percent

GenomeWeb Dailly News
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Orchid Cellmark this morning reported a 7 percent revenue increase for the second quarter on the strength of its UK business.

Calif. congressman wants FBI to use familial DNA searches

Richmond Times-Dispatch
A California congressman wants the FBI to conduct familial DNA searches, a technique that may recently have solved a 25-year series of slayings in the Los Angeles area.

The Pickton murders: Explosive evidence the jury never heard

Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER — There was a tremendous amount of damning evidence against Robert (Willie) Pickton that the jurors deciding his fate did not hear during his year-long trial in 2007, including an allegation from a sex-trade worker that he nearly stabbed her to death.

Why the Pickton trial dealt with 6 murder charges, not 26

Globe and Mail, British Columbia
Families and friends of women who went missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside fought for years to have authorities acknowledge that their relatives were dead. Police eventually accepted that many of them, who worked as prostitutes and struggled with drug addictions, had been murdered.

Life Technologies Introduces New Forensic DNA Extraction System

Market Press
CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Life Technologies Corporation /quotes/comstock/15*!life/quotes/nls/life (LIFE 45.25, -0.09, -0.21%) today announced the commercial availability of the Applied Biosystems AutoMate Express(TM) Forensic DNA Extraction System, which is designed to streamline sample preparation and improve downstream DNA profile quality. The system, designed and validated as part of the complete Applied Biosystems human identification workflow to provide optimal efficiency and data quality, has already been adopted by all 48 government forensic laboratories in Japan.

Lawyers, DNA expert question death sentence

STL Today.com
CLAYTON • In a hearing aimed at negating Scott McLaughlin’s death sentence, family members and a DNA expert testified Monday that a relative of his might also be connected to the killing of his ex-girlfriend.

Berkeley attracts DNA samples — and political heat

Mercury News.com
When UC Berkeley researchers announced earlier this year they planned to stimulate discussion by asking new students to submit DNA samples, they probably did not have this in mind.

Strickland, Cordray ask for DNA tests in 7 inmates’ cases

The Columbus Dispatch
When Arthur Swanson died in 2006, he left behind a faded box on the floor of his prison cell that contained paperwork showing how long he had begged for a DNA test to try to prove he didn’t rob an Amish family.

Hobbs DNA saga fuels debate on taking DNA samples after an arrest, instead of convictions

Chicago Tribune
When a man arrested earlier this year in Virginia on robbery and abduction charges was linked by DNA to the horrific slayings of two young girls in Zion, it raised the possibility of exoneration for the original suspect, who has been behind bars for five years.

DNA tests sought by Ohio governor, atty. general

AP News
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Attorney General Richard Cordray wrote county prosecutors on Tuesday to urge them to make DNA evidence available for testing

DNA evidence could prompt release of Zion man jailed for murder

Chicago Sun-Times
Last month, prosecutors said DNA from body was matched to a 21-year-old former Zion man now charged with attacking three women earlier this year in Virginia.

Lake Co. man freed after five years in jail for double murder

discovery of a DNA match to another man in police custody in another state…

Arrest Made in 2005 Waldorf Bank Robbery

LA PLATA, Md. (Aug. 4, 2010)—Charles County Sheriff’s Office detectives recently identified a 55-year-old Largo man as a suspect in the 2005 armed robbery of a Waldorf bank and obtained a warrant July 22 for his arrest, Sheriff Rex Coffey announced. DNA evidence led to the identification of the suspect, who is currently being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail on unrelated bank robbery charges.