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Idaho man who didn't match DNA from killing is freed

By , Associated Press | Posted Mar 22nd, 2017 @ 5:32pm<p> 5 photos<p>0<p>BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder …

Crime

Reproductive technology’s future is incredible — and questionable

Imagine a world where parents can give birth to superbabies with bones so strong they’re impervious to a surgical drill and a heart less prone to …

Genetics

Poaching is one of the world's worst problems. | M-Vac Systems, Inc

Poaching is one of the world's worst problems. The M-Vac is an answer.<p>Poaching any animal is criminal and inhumane, but killing animals only for …

RIP Robert Kovack

DNA tests on human remains found near the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia confirmed that the remains belonged to Robert Leroy Kovack (24). …

Crime

Will the Trump administration tackle junk science?

Forensic science is in the middle of an upheaval.<p>NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — “If you see something bad happening, you need to say something.”<p>This …

Government

Man Arrested after Police Use Mannequin to Lure Suspect in Homeless Killings

A hunt for the killer of two sleeping homeless men in Las Vegas led to an unusual attempted murder charge Tuesday and a legal debate about criminal …

Crime

Bushwick Beheading Suspect Could Be Serial Killer: NYPD

BROOKLYN, NY — The Bushwick man charged in connection with murdering and dismembering two young Bushwick teens in 2004 and 2005 could be responsible for two other killings, police said.<p>Police charged Kwauhuru Govan, 38, on Wednesday with murder in connection with 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell's death …

Crime

Va. Beach rape kits get hits in CODIS DNA database

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Rape victims in Hampton Roads are one step closer to justice.<p>13News Now has uncovered the results of newly-tested rape kits …

Hampton Roads

Forensic DNA profiling might be about to take a big leap forward. Are we ready?

Advances in epigenetics mean incredibly detailed profiles of criminal suspects might soon be reality. Is the legal system ready to use this information?<p>Picture the scene. A detective is addressing her team:<p>“The DNA test results are in. We’re looking for a white male suspect, 34–37 years old, born …

Genetics

Rape victim did her own detective work to find her assailants

In the not-so-dark recesses of the Internet exists evidence of a company known as Efficient Pickup, which purports to teach men how to seduce women.<p>The idea, apparently, isn’t to find The One, or even a special one among many conquests. This is a numbers game, with the word “game” and all its …

San Diego

Study: Texas Has About 313K Human Trafficking Victims

There are about 313,000 people in Texas who have been forced into prostitution or some other sort of work, researchers estimate in what they say is …

Human Trafficking

Garland Triple Homicide Case: First Two Weeks of Trial Highlighted by Forensic Evidence

A burning barrel, a broken lock, bloody footprints and more were presented as evidence by the prosecution during the first two weeks of Douglas …

Crime

DNA evidence from newborn leads to rape charges

Shutterstock<p>By | Posted Jan 25th, 2017 @ 5:10pm<p>SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake man has been charged with raping and impregnating a 13-year-old girl. The …

Despite Impossible Odds M-Vac System Succeeds

Collect touch DNA from a rock. Collect male touch DNA that is mixed into a shirt soaked with female victim blood. Collect DNA from a brick. Collect …

DNA Upon Arrest: Solving Cold Cases or Presuming Guilt?

More than 30 states swab suspects for DNA samples when they are arrested for a felony, hoping to solve cold cases and prevent future crimes. But …

Is Forensic Science Tipping the Scales of Justice?

ArticleA new report reignites the call to make forensic science more quantitative, and casts doubt on work done in the lab.Staff Author: Seth …

Forensics

DNA breakthrough could crack cold cases

Though he had never before heard of Kelly Morrisseau, the details of her cold case, and the subsequent 10-year investigation into her killing, were …

Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch Cold Case Homicide

The Suspect, the Prosecutor, and the Unlikely Bond They Forged

New evidence shows that Harold Cummings, who would later be FDR's attorney general, rescued an innocent man accused of murder

Poetry

Ex-Texas Cop Who Served 21 Years for Rape, Found Not Guilty in New Trial

NewsA former Fort Worth cop who served 21 years in prison on a conviction of raping a 13-year-old girl was found not guilty in a whole new …

Crime

Lawmakers try to fix a side effect of reducing drug and theft crimes: Not enough DNA samples for cold cases

California lawmakers are once again trying to expand the collection of DNA evidence in criminal cases, something they say has declined under Proposition 47, hurting cold rape and murder investigations.<p>The landmark ballot measure, which voters passed in 2014, reduced drug possession and some theft …

California

New law expanding DNA analysis would help German investigators

What can DNA tell us about what an unknown perpetrator looks like? A whole lot, but only if the law allows it. Germany has some of the strictest legislation with regard to how DNA analysis can be used. Why? DW talks to Peter Schneider, the head of Germany's Spurenkommission, an umbrella group of …

Germany

Pushing for familial DNA testing in NY

For 25 years, police in southern Los Angeles struggled to identify the perpetrator responsible for killing at least 10 black women over the course of …

Crime

NIST Research Enables Enhanced DNA “Fingerprints”

As the new year approaches, forensic labs across the country are gearing up for a big change in the way they generate DNA profiles, the genetic …

DNA

Some Austin crime lab staff disinvited from training, DPS says

AUSTIN - The Department of Public Safety is only selecting a few DNA analysts from the Austin Police Department's broken crime lab to continue …

Criminology

Former state police forensic scientist sentenced to 3 years in federal prison

A federal judge on Monday sentenced fired Oregon State Police crime lab scientist Nika Elise Larsen to three years in prison for stealing more than …

Crime

State crime lab woes: Increased demand, lack of personnel and equipment negatively impacting workload

<b>BLUEFIELD —</b> Delays in analyzing forensic evidence in drug cases are costing Mercer County and other municipalities around the state substantial …

Criminology

Suspect was charged with felony food poisoning after arrest

The suspect police arrested for a series of incidents involving tampering with self service food bars in South Lake Tahoe remains in custody charged …

Crime

84 Years Ago Today, the FBI’s Crime Lab Opened in DC

From fingerprinting and ballistics to handwriting analysis and moulage, the FBI’s Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory is known for assisting the …

Washington D.C.