Daily Archives: December 28, 2017

Schimel defends delays in rape kit testing

Wisconsin’s top prosecutor is addressing delays in clearing a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits.
The Department of Justice received a $2 million federal grant in 2015 to test 6,386 rape kits from sexual assault cases that had been left untouched. In some cases, the kits had been in police evidence lockers and hospitals for decades after not being processed for a variety of reasons, such as the crime being solved without the use of DNA evidence.

Trial in 1987 Billings rape case on hold as Montana Supreme Court considers statute of limitations

BILLINGS — The Montana Supreme Court is now reviewing whether charges against a man accused of raping a Billings girl in 1987 were filed outside the statute of limitations.
The trial for Ronald Tipton, 57, was set to begin in early December, but the case is now on hold as the high court weighs in.
Tipton was charged in 2015 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent for the 1987 rape of an 8-year-old girl.

‘All pieces of puzzle fell together’: Familial DNA helps crack case of woman murdered on Mother’s Day, police say

BAYTOWN, Texas — A man has been charged in the death of Nataliya Shal, whose body was found lying on the floor of her Baytown apartment on Mother’s Day 2016. The case went cold for nearly a year and a half until forensic evidence, much like that seen on a CSI television show, helped lead investigators to her alleged killer.