Monthly Archives: September 2013

Court in Amanda Knox trial allows new DNA test

KnoxFLORENCE, Italy — The Florence appellate court hearing U.S. student Amanda Knox’s third trial in her roommate’s murder agreed Monday to run additional DNA tests on the presumed weapon, but rejected more than a dozen other defence requests for new testimony or evidence.

California court will reconsider law enforcement DNA collection technique

Scales of JusticeA California federal appeals court will decide whether law enforcement can collect DNA samples from swabbing the mouth of a person who has been arrested.

The Future of Forensic Identification?

Forensic+art+faces…Now, an innovative marriage of art and technology offers new hope for giving names back to these individuals — but it also raises important questions around science versus interpretation…

Minnesota BCA scientist says blood matches woman’s DNA

DNA Helix1ST. PAUL — Suspected blood spots from a missing St. Paul woman’s home and car matched her DNA, a scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testified Thursday at the murder trial of the woman’s husband.

Officials: Brits Seek ‘White Widow’ DNA for Kenya Investigation

Samantha LewthwaiteBritish police are trying to obtain DNA samples from the family of the so-called “White Widow,” wanted fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite, to see if there is a match with any of the bodies found in the rubble of the Westgate terror attack in Kenya, U.S. authorities told ABC News today.

Divers find human remains near Concordia shipwreck

Costa ConcordiaROME — Divers have spotted human remains near the shipwrecked Costa Concordia off an Italian island, and authorities say DNA tests will determine if they are those of two victims whose bodies were never found.

Lab solves criminal, other cases using dog poop as evidence

CharlieSAN FRANCISCO – Stepping in dog poop is usually just bad luck, but for some criminals it’s a step toward the slammer.
That’s because dog feces pick up DNA-bearing epithelial cells from the colon on their way out. When those feces are found on the shoe of a suspect — one who claims not to have been anywhere near the scene of a crime where matching poop was found — a case may be cracked.

DNA to determine if bones found in South Dakota belong to girls who vanished in 1971

SD car submergedDNA testing is being done on bones found inside an old submerged car to determine whether they belong to two 17-year-old girls who disappeared in South Dakota in 1971, authorities told

Forensic vacuum was key to solving Utah cold-case murder

Helix6It was a frosty December morning 18 years ago when Wasatch County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Bonner arrived at the Provo River crime scene to investigate the murder of Krystal Beslanowitch. He looked at it every which way, but the eventual suspect — a man named Joseph Michael Simpson — was not on his radar.

CODIS helps investigators solve many crimes

DNA DatabaseMOULTRIE, GA (WALB) – Investigators are able to solve crimes at a much faster rate thanks to a DNA database called Codis.
In Georgia, more than 3,500 cases have now been solved, some dating back nearly 30 years.

Convicted rapist won’t get new trial, is sent back to Angola by judge

GavelOne of the most tangled sagas in recent memory at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court came to an unexpected end Wednesday, when a judge reversed his own order and sent a convicted rapist, once seemingly exonerated, back to prison for the rest of his life.

DNA search begins at mall

Funeral ProcessionWorking near bodies crushed by rubble in a bullet-scarred, scorched mall, FBI agents began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis on Wednesday to help determine the identities and nationalities of victims and al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked the shopping centre.

DNA software CODIS arrives in Bangladesh

codisThe U.S. Embassy, Dhaka is pleased to announce that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation will share the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) technology with law enforcement partners in Bangladesh. The initiative demonstrates and reaffirms the United States’ commitment to assist International Law Enforcement Agencies in combating violent crime.

Can DNA collected off feminine hygiene product be used in court?

DNA and justiceLAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (WTVR) – After more than a decade the woman accused of killing and then tossing the bodies of her newborn twins down a trash chute will once again face a judge. During Thursday’s suppression hearing, the court will decide if the evidence against Darnesha Paulita Berry will be allowed at trial.

INTERPOL team deployed to assist Kenyan investigation into Westgate shopping centre terror attack

Kenya Mall AttaqckAn INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) has been deployed at the request of Kenyan authorities to provide on-site assistance to the Westgate shopping centre terror attack investigation.
Headed by INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin the team includes Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and data specialists who will carry out real-time comparisons against INTERPOL’s global databases on DNA and fingerprints and other evidence gathered from the crime scene.