Daily Archives: December 15, 2010

Arrest made in decades old SeaTac murder case

SEATTLE – Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Squad have arrested a suspect in a murder that happened 27 years ago.

Police, FBI Piece Together Clues After 4 Bodies Found on L.I.

Police investigating a possible serial killer have determined that four decomposed bodies found recently along a remote New York beach are all women.
The FBI is now assisting Suffolk County police in trying to piece together how the bodies ended up along this secluded stretch of beach.

Timelines set for DNA testing in sexual assaults

San Francisco Examiner

Amid crime lab scandals, The City established timeline goals Tuesday for the testing of DNA in sexual assault cases.

Science panel may probe Austin crime lab

The Texas Forensic Science Commission could add a third case to its investigative portfolio: a former employee’s allegations of problems at the Austin Police Department’s crime lab.

3 Years Later: DNA and the Leah Hickman Case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — It has been three years since Marshall Student Leah Hickman was murdered. The person who killed her is still on the loose, according to police.
Aside from tips, detectives rely on DNA evidence to bring her killer to justice.
Forensics labs across the country, like the one at Marshall University, use DNA to help detectives fight crime — connecting evidence to suspects. DNA analysts can use even the tiniest piece of evidence to make matches.

Out of prison, but not out of the woods

Crime Scene KC
Dale Helmig, a Missouri man convicted of murdering his mother, was released from prison last night after 14 years behind bars. Tony Rizzo was there in Maysville, and you can read his account here. A judge has ruled that Helmig was the victim of a “fundamental miscarriage of justice,” but he’s not completely clear yet. The attorney general is appealing his release.

Supervisors Approve DA’s ‘Spit and Acquit’ Program

Orance County Voice
The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to renew the District Attorney’s “spit and acquit” DNA collection program for another year. , even though state or federal authorities can’t use the majority of samples collected.

FBI says backlog of DNA database is now cleared

The Bradenton Herald
Dec. 15–MANATEE — A backlog of more than 295,000 federal prisoners’ DNA in an FBI database has been eliminated, according to FBI officials.