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New evidence presented in Texas death row inmate's hearing

Oct. 19, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — An attorney for a Texas death row inmate has told a judge that new evidence suggests the 19-year-old woman his client was convicted of killing may instead have been strangled by her jealous boyfriend. Rodney Reed was convicted in the 1996 rape and...

Utah lab to analyze DNA evidence from Atlanta child murders

Oct. 19, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Utah laboratory will examine DNA evidence from a string of killings committed in Atlanta during the 1970s and 1980s, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. Bottoms wrote in a tweet on Monday that city investigators were traveling to Salt Lake City to provide...

Video: Woman got into Alabama police van days before death

Oct. 16, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Investigators say video from a city surveillance camera showed a woman get into a parked police van on her own, 12 days before she was found dead inside the van in Huntsville, Alabama. Police showed the video during a news conference Friday after...

Coroner: Autopsy confirms no foul play in police van death

Oct. 13, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An autopsy confirmed that a woman found dead inside a police van parked outside headquarters wasn't the victim of foul play and didn't suffer any trauma, an official said Wednesday. Dr. Tyler Berryhill, Madison County's coroner, said the...

Florida man exonerated of 1983 murder sues over imprisonment

Oct. 09, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man exonerated of a 1983 rape and murder after serving 37 years in prison is suing over his wrongful conviction in which a disproven bite mark was crucial evidence. Robert DuBoise, 56, was freed from prison in August 2020 after...

How DNA and a genealogy website solved a decades-old mystery

Oct. 09, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — Shannon McAdoo, a former bookkeeper in Erie, Pa., spends her evenings hunting for ancestors on genealogy websites. “You can find the most amazing things about your history,” she said. “I go down all these rabbit holes.” ...

South Dakota woman convicted in her baby's 1981 death

Oct. 08, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman was convicted of manslaughter Friday in the death of her newborn son whose body was discovered in a ditch 40 years ago. Theresa Bentaas, 60, of Sioux Falls, entered an Alford plea to first-degree manslaughter in an...

Police solve 50-year-old Iowa cold case killing

Oct. 07, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they have solved the 50-year-old killing of an Iowa teen but not before the suspect died of old age. Relatives of Maureen Brubaker Farley, whose body was found by two teenage boys in 1971 in a wooded ravine in what is now Tait...

3 men convicted in death of WVa woman cleared on new DNA

Oct. 05, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three men who were convicted of killing a woman in West Virginia 19 years ago were cleared of charges in the case after new DNA evidence was presented. Special Prosecutor Thomas Plymale dismissed all charges Tuesday against brothers Philip and...

Jorja Fox hopes 'CSI: Vegas' will spark science appreciation

Oct. 05, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some familiar faces will join the investigation into gruesome murders when “ CSI: Vegas ” premieres Wednesday on CBS. Wallace Langham's David Hodges, William Petersen as Gil Grissom and Jorja Fox's Sara Sidle reprise their roles for the 10-episode...