Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

Plan Announced To Eliminate Houston’s Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

FRANCE-HEALTH-VIH-AIDSMayor Annise Parker and the Houston Police Department today announced details of a plan that will eliminate the backlog of untested sexual assault kits (SAK). Under the plan, which will be formally considered by Houston City Council next week, the untested kits will be sent to two outside labs for testing. It is anticipated the work will be completed in 12-14 months and cost the city $4.4 million, which will be covered with grant funding already awarded to HPD and dollars set aside for this purpose by City Council in the city’s current budget.

DNA Results on Remains Could Take Several Months

City of RocksBURLEY • Police, family and a community continue to wait as a university laboratory processes DNA samples to find out if skeletal remains found at the City of Rocks National Reserve in October are those of Norine Boyd.
The mother of three boys, Boyd went missing from her Rupert home in December 1988. Her car was found in March 1989 near the Twin Sisters rock formation.
The DNA samples found last fall were sent to the University of Texas at El Paso, and results could take several more months.

Civilians to replace officers in Denver crime lab

Helix 5DENVER – A fight inside Denver’s highest levels of government could affect your safety.
Denver Police Chief Robert White wants to replace 15 highly-trained crime-lab officers with civilians before the end of 2013.

West Hartford Detectives Make Arrest In 3 Year Old Jewelry Store Burglary

Database DNA— DNA evidence has helped West Hartford police make an arrest in a 3-year-old jewelry store burglary that police say may be related to a string of similar burglaries statewide.

Expert testifies defendant’s DNA matches blood found at scene of 2008 Huntsville double-murder

DNA1HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — A DNA expert testified this afternoon that blood found in three places at the scene of a 2008 Huntsville double-murder is a match with defendant Wilbert James Smith’s DNA.

Sudan’s Interior Minister Says Country Must Advance Justice Through DNA Technology

DNA GraphicKhartoum — The Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid warned today his country might suffer a “technological shock” that would undermine efforts to realize justice unless more work is done to keep up with advances in the field of forensic evidence.
At a forum on criminal technology the minister called for utilizing DNA in investigating crimes.