A crash course in Missouri’s first use of DNA in a criminal case

DNA GraphicMany people might not realize that the first time a killer was convicted using DNA evidence in Missouri was here in Columbia.
Although the use of DNA in criminal prosecutions and forensic science is relatively new — dating to the mid- to late-1980s — its evolution has progressed so rapidly that it’s become one of the most reliable tools for investigators seeking to establish a suspect’s identity or rule out someone.