Daily Archives: November 5, 2010

Court orders new hearing for ‘West Memphis 3’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The three men convicted in the grisly murders of three West Memphis Cub Scouts won new hearings Thursday to argue their innocence, more than 15 years after they were sent to prison despite scant physical evidence linking them to the crime scene.

Chandra Levy Murder Trial: DNA on Victim Doesn’t Match Defendant, Expert Testifies

CBS News
WASHINGTON (CBS/WUSA/AP) Testimony at the Chandra Levy murder trial Wednesday surrounded a miniscule amount of DNA found on the murdered intern’s running tights that failed to match those involved in the case, including the man charged with murdering Levy nearly a decade ago.

DNA in rape case matches defendant, trial is told

City prosecutors yesterday rested their case against Domenique Thomas Wilson, a convicted rapist now on trial for violent sexual assaults in Center City and near the University of Pennsylvania. The jury begins deliberating today.
During a week of graphic testimony, the victims recounted being marched by knifepoint into a vortex of terror and torture carried out by Wilson, 25.

Brian Pfleegor, a forensic scientist with the Philadelphia police, told the court yesterday that DNA samples taken from Wilson matched evidence recovered from the two women he allegedly raped in 2008.

State to pay $350K to woman wrongfully convicted of Beatrice murder

Journal Star
Nearly two years ago, Kathy Gonzalez was looking for a job in York and almost sorry she’d been exonerated in the 1985 murder of Beatrice widow Helen Wilson.

She had served five years in prison and had been living quietly in York since 1994. After news broke that all six people convicted in the rape and murder of Wilson had been exonerated by DNA testing, Gonzalez said being in the spotlight was almost worse than being a convicted felon nobody noticed.

County to get DNA grant

Sign On San Diego
A new federal grant is expected to help the county Sheriff Department’s crime lab cut into a backlog of hundreds of DNA cases.

Libs take aim at DNA backlog

Wall Street Journal
LAW enforcement in NSW is suffering a lack of resources and skills in key areas of hi-tech policing, according to the state opposition.
Areas of policing that were suffering from a skills shortage included video surveillance, analysis of closed-circuit television footage and forensic examination of computer hard-drives, said opposition police spokesman Mike Gallacher.

DNA evidence could free ‘West Memphis 3’ jailed for killing three cub scouts in 1993

Daily Mail Online

Three men on death row convicted of murdering three cub scouts in 1993 could be freed after The Arkansas Supreme Court today ordered a judge to consider new DNA evidence which might exonerate them.

SBI runs DNA test on bone as search continues

Hickory Daiy Record
More than 40 law enforcement officers lined up along Pine Mountain Road at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning to continue their search for Zahra Baker.