Monthly Archives: February 2014

W.Va. Senate approves 30 percent raises for State Forensic Lab employees

DNA Strands2CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The West Virginia Senate has voted to increase State Police Forensic Laboratory employee salaries by 30 percent.

State agrees to some DNA testing in 1998 murder case

DNA imageBLOOMINGTON — Lawyers for a Bloomington man convicted in 1999 of killing his daughter said Wednesday they will expand their request for DNA testing of evidence they believe will point to the child’s real killer: a woman serving 55 years for killing her mother-in-law in 2012.

Ketani case: Defence attacks credibility of DNA

KetaniGrave3jpgJOHANNESBURG – The murder trial of Betty Ketani will continue hearing evidence today about the inner workings of a DNA laboratory in Bosnia as a battle over a chain-of-evidence in the case continues.

Richard III DNA test sparks controversy

tdy_King_Richard_130204_vembedlarge456King Richard III has been dead for more than 500 years, but his bones continue to ignite fresh controversy.
The medieval king, unearthed from a Leicester parking lot in 2012, has been the center of debate over where and how his body should be reburied. Now, a plan to sequence the full genome of Richard III has brought new strife.

Amanda Knox and DNA Contamination

amanda-knoxCentral to the inquiry is what, if any evidence, links Knox to the Kercher murder. Knox’s retrial led to new DNA tests on a knife that prosecutors said could be the murder weapon. But Greg Hampikian – founder and director of the Idaho Innocence Project – voiced serious concerns about this evidence.

State program analyzes untested rape kits

DNA Test1Across the country, it’s not uncommon for rape kits to go untested for DNA. That includes Ohio, which is among the states that has made an effort to address the problem. Free testing through the Ohio attorney general’s office has helped solve some cases. Local agencies are awaiting results on their sexual assault kits.

Norwalk Police: DNA From Beer Can Leads To Arrest In 2010 Burglary

Norwalk PDNORWALK, Conn. – DNA evidence taken from a beer can has led to an arrest in a Norwalk burglary case from 2010, police said.
A Carleton Court resident reported the burglary in October 2010, after finding signs that her apartment had been entered while she was out, including an empty beer can, according to the police report. The resident reported that a small amount of cash and change was missing from the apartment, police said.

Solving Cold Cases

Iowa AnalystANKENY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) — It’s a CSI fan’s dream – but the DCI crime lab in Ankeny is far from the lights, camera and flash of Hollywood.
“We spend a lot of time doing the paperwork,” Lab Supervisor Paul Bush said.
However, the 52 men and women here do more than that. It’s their job to gather evidence from hundreds of Iowa crimes every year. The lab consists of several areas – guns and ballistics to drug analysis, handwriting, and fingerprints,

Palm Bay Police Nail Crooks With DNA Evidence

DNA 2…In January, SmallPond, a software product, was added as a new tool to help combat crime. SmallPond is allowing Palm Bay and several local agencies, including Melbourne, West Melbourne and Cocoa Police, to form a cooperative alliance using DNA data to identify suspects who cross jurisdictions to commit their crimes…

Keynote Announced for ISHI 25

ISHI ArizonaDon’t miss John Douglas’ presentation of “Mind Hunter: The Real-Life Silence of the Lambs”. The model for the Scott Glenn character in The Silence of the Lambs, and the original choice to play the role, Douglas is the man who ushered in a new age of criminal profiling.
There’s still time for you to be added to the program. Submit an interesting case or oral talk proposal by June 3. Poster abstracts are due by August 1. Find the details at:
• Oral Abstracts: June 3
• Interesting Cases: June 3
• Scientific Posters: August 1
Visit for more information on ISHI 25 and the abstract submission process.

Bode Technology to Perform DNA Analysis on Backlogged Rape Kits

DNA Image1LORTON, Va., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA services, announced today sexual assault kits (rape kits) from the Alameda County rape kit backlog were shipped to Bode for DNA analysis under a multi-agency collaboration.

Skull brought up in crab pot sent to FBI

crabpotA skull found in a crab pot off the coast of Westport on Friday has been sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for DNA analysis, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Dave Pimentel said Monday.

Florida police crack 23-year-old strangulation case with DNA testing

Cold case BrowardAuthorities in Florida say they’ve solved the 23-year-old strangulation death of woman in Broward County and linked the crime to a convicted killer who was executed in 2011 for a triple murder.

Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Baltimore Police Crack Big Case

Baltimore Crime LabBALTIMORE (WJZ) — Solving crimes in Baltimore City. WJZ goes inside the police department’s high-tech crime lab that helped crack a big case recently.

Mecklenburg triple homicide case could hinge on DNA

LevinsThe death penalty murder trial of Justin Hurd enters a pivotal phase this week with prosecutors expected to present DNA evidence that links the Ohio man to the February 2008 slayings that wiped out a north Charlotte household.