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Stories with subject: Forensics
  • Texas officer sees cold case reopened in death of mother 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:16 pm

    DALLAS - Shawn Chelf remembers his mother's wake. She had been brutally murdered - attacked and strangled - but her 7-year-old son thought she was simply asleep.

  • Jury to see DNA, video evidence in Vegas firefighter trial 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 11:25 am

    LAS VEGAS - A jury in Las Vegas is expected to see DNA evidence and videos of a homeless ex-convict and a firefighter buying items used in the hammer slaying of the firefighter's estranged wife.

  • Georgia inmate asks for new DNA testing in decades-old case 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:08 pm

    COLUMBUS, Georgia - A Georgia man who has spent nearly 40 years in prison for the rape and killing of a young German woman in her apartment has consistently maintained his innocence and is asking a judge to allow new DNA testing in the decades-old case.

  • Judge sets hearing on DNA evidence in Ohio doctor's slaying 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 8:16 am

    AKRON, Ohio - An Ohio judge has scheduled a hearing to consider arguments about DNA evidence before deciding whether a former Akron police captain gets a new trial in the 1997 slaying of his ex-wife.

  • Probe of Bangkok bombing recalls bad reputation of police 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:01 am

    BANGKOK - Investigating a crime with little forensic evidence, no clear motive and no claim of responsibility - like the Bangkok bombing that killed 20 people - would challenge anyone. Yet the Royal Thai Police department is handicapped even in the best of circumstances by a legacy of corruption, brutality and political influence.

  • New DNA check leads detectives to man in custody 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 1:31 pm

    ONTARIO, California - Twenty-five years after a transvestite prostitute was found shot to death in Ontario, detectives say they have matched scientific evidence recovered from the crime scene to an Orange County man awaiting trial in another killing.

  • 7 years after traffic death, family knows what happened 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 3:49 pm

    SAUCIER, Mississippi - Seven years after an unidentified man was hit by a car as he crossed U.S. 49 at night, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office knows who he was, and his family knows what happened to him.

  • Monitor: Too many in jails awaiting competency services 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 10:26 am

    SEATTLE - Efforts by Washington state health officials to shorten the amount of time mentally ill people wait in jails for competency services are failing to keep up with a growing demand and urgent measures are needed to deal with the backlogs, according to a court-ordered monitor.

  • Colorado Springs police debunk "CSI" myths 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 3:05 am

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - Compare real-life cops, jail and prison to shows like "CSI," ''NCIS" and "Orange is the New Black," and police will likely roll their eyes.

  • Indiana lawmakers to consider expanding DNA testing 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 5:20 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - After hearing testimony from a national advocate for DNA sampling, an Indiana legislative study panel is considering whether to recommend that state lawmakers take up a proposal to expand testing to any person arrested for a felony.

  • ND lawmaker wants modernization of state's death probes 
    Updated: Aug-18-15 6:11 pm

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota should modernize its death investigation system and refrain from relying on non-medical personnel to act as coroners in counties across the state, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

  • Investigators probing 2011 death of rural Missouri couple 
    Updated: Aug-16-15 11:22 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Missouri - Investigators are continuing to probe the 2011 deaths of a rural southwest Missouri couple, according to recently released court documents.

  • Remains of unidentified victim sent to crime lab 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 11:29 am

    VIROQUA, Wisconsin - Advances in DNA technology and facial reconstruction could help investigators in Vernon County learn the identity of a homicide victim 31 years after her body was found along a rural road.

  • Prosecutor: DNA tests lead to charges for 2 serial rapists 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 3:34 am

    CLEVELAND - Authorities say two Ohio men serving long prison terms for multiple sexual assaults have been indicted for additional rapes after DNA evidence tested by the Ohio Attorney General's Office linked them to other attacks.

  • DNA proves President Harding fathered child out of wedlock story has photos
    Updated: Aug-13-15 7:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - DNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.

  • Utah police use DNA to ID man found shot 39 years ago 
    Updated: Aug-13-15 5:57 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah police are reopening a cold case after DNA tests revealed the body of a young man found 39 years ago is a Colorado teenager who went missing.

  • Court rules police can use volunteered DNA in other cases 
    Updated: Aug-11-15 4:37 pm

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland police can retain and use a person's legally obtained DNA to investigate unrelated criminal cases, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.

  • New DNA test will make New Jersey debut in murder case 
    Updated: Aug-09-15 12:29 pm

    HACKENSACK, New Jersey - The trial of a Wood-Ridge man accused of beating a woman to death and setting her body on fire will mark the first time that a jury in New Jersey will consider evidence in a murder case based on a "next generation" test that can analyze the DNA from just a few cells of biological material.

  • Marshall hosting cell phone forensics workshop for police 
    Updated: Aug-06-15 2:42 am

    HUNTINGTON, West Virginia - Marshall University says law enforcement officials from as far away as Kansas are attending a workshop on cellphone forensics.

  • Grady giving police 1,000 packages of sex crime evidence 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 11:10 am

    ATLANTA - The state's largest public hospital is sending a police laboratory more than 1,000 packages containing sex crime evidence that it had stored since 2000.