Daily Archives: February 24, 2014

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.

Rapist Steven John Greenwood jailed for brutal Kew rape 30 years later after secret DNA test of cigarette butt

discarded cigarette buttAustralia- A NURSE who violently raped a woman in her Kew home 30 years ago, and was only caught after police seized a discarded cigarette butt, has been jailed for at least six years.
Steven John Greenwood, 59, showed no emotion as the decades old crime was detailed to the court.

SC man sentenced in cold case Va. rape

FamilialWILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A South Carolina man convicted of a 2001 rape in Virginia has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Investigators used a new forensic tool, familial DNA, to solve the case.

Thousands of rape kits remain untested across the country

Red HelisNASHVILLE, Tenn. – With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.
In Memphis, Tenn., alone, there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s, according to the New York-based Rape Kit Action Project, which has been tracking the backlogs nationwide. In the entire state of Texas, there are about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms.