Daily Archives: January 21, 2011

Freed from jail thanks to DNA evidence Scott Fappiano back in slammer after massive FBI Mafia bust

New York Daily News
A Staten Island man who pocketed a $2 million settlement from the state after DNA evidence got his conviction on charges he raped a cop’s wife tossed – was swept up in Thursday’s arrests.

Department of Public Safety to open new crime lab in area

Community Impact Newspaper Texas
NORTHWEST HOUSTON — The Texas Department of Public Safety is nearing its completion date for the construction of a new $19.1 million, 40,000-square-foot crime lab building at its office site on West Road. After more than a year of construction, DPS expects to open the building in February.

Murder trial starts 26 years after teen’s frozen body was found

The Vancouver Sun
WINNIPEG — The first-degree murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing Winnipeg teenager Candace Derksen a quarter-century ago began Monday with preliminary motions.

Court upholds convictions in ‘bizarre’ incest case

The Star Toronto
The adrenal glands were a clue.
An autopsy revealed the girl who was brought to Cambridge Memorial Hospital one June morning in 2001 had died of natural causes. However, the glands on top of her kidneys were very thin.
It’s a condition that can result from incestuous conception.
Police grew suspicious and asked Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences to set aside a sample of the girl’s blood for possible DNA testing.

Convicted Norristown killer Robert Conway wins DNA testing

The Times Herald Pennsylvania
NORRISTOWN – A state court has overturned a Montgomery County judge’s decision denying a convicted Norristown killer’s bid to conduct DNA tests on items recovered from a 1986 crime scene – tests the man claimed might prove his innocence.

Sex crimes cold case squad tripped up by end of special funding

Kansas City Star
Since its inception, the Kansas City police department’s cold case sex crimes squad has cleared 141 cases, identified 25 possible serial rapists and arrested at least seven of them — including the man suspected of being the Waldo rapist.

DNA match helps nab rape suspect in 12-year-old cold case

KMTR Oregon
Eugene (KMTR) – A new investigative tool has helped ‘cold case’ investigators solve a rape case more than a decade old. They say a Lane County woman is finally getting the justice she is due, thanks to DNA technology.

Royal rumpus over King Tutankhamun’s ancestry

New Scientist
Can we be sure which mummy was the daddy? When a state-of-the-art DNA analysis of Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian royals was published last year, its authors hailed it as “the final word” on the pharaoh’s family tree. But others are now voicing doubts.

Cook gets time for hair in cop’s sandwich

MARLTON, N.J., Jan. 20 (UPI) — A New Jersey restaurant cook got 15 days in prison and two years of probation for putting pubic and chest hairs in a police officer’s breakfast bagel sandwich.

Rep. Jeannie Darneille: DNA bill to keep offenders from progressing to more violent crime

The State Column
OLYMPIA – Washington state Representative Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, and Senator Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, have introduced legislation to decrease violent crime against vulnerable women and children, and stop offenders earlier in their criminal progression. The bill provides for the collection of DNA to help solve “cold cases” and will also exonerate those who have not committed any crime.

Akonni introduces TruTip kit for extraction of human genomic DNA from fresh, frozen whole blood

The Medical News
Akonni Biosystems, a molecular diagnostics company focused on providing rapid and highly scalable solutions for infectious and genetic disease testing, today announced the launch of a TruTip™ kit for extraction of human genomic DNA from fresh or frozen whole blood.

University of Bristol Innocence Project response to Simon Hall judgment by the Court of Appeal

University of Bristol UK
Following a three-day appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice between 7-9 December 2010, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) handed down its judgment last week dismissing the appeal of Simon Hall and upholding his conviction for the murder of 79-year-old Joan Albert.

Tracing tribal heritage through DNA questioned

Tahlequah Daily Press Oklahoma
TAHLEQUAH — Today’s sophisticated DNA testing can reveal information in paternity cases and crimes, and one company now claims it’s able to determine if a test subject is Cherokee.