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This undated photo released by the Iowa Department of Corrections shows Gentric Hicks, an inmate at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa, Iowa. Lawyers for Hicks, 73, maintain that he was wrongly convicted of first-degree murder in 1977 and are seeking DNA testing on an orange hunting cap that the killer left at the crime scene. (Iowa Department of Corrections via AP)

Judge grants Iowa inmate's request for DNA test in 1976 case

Apr. 7, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered DNA testing on a hat left at the scene of a fatal 1976 shooting that an Iowa inmate hopes will prove he has been wrongly imprisoned for decades. Judge John Wright ordered the orange hunting cap shipped to a Virginia laboratory for testing that could show...

This October 1962 photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office shows Winston

'Old school' technique helps expert ID remains from 1969

Apr. 6, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thanks to an old-fashioned fingerprint-matching technique, the remains of a shooting victim found alongside a New Hampshire highway 50 years ago have been identified as a Vermont man who had been released from prison three months earlier, authorities said Monday. The body of Winston...

Unidentified human remains found near northern Indiana swamp

Apr. 3, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

PIERCETON, Ind. (AP) — Human remains discovered near a northern Indiana swamp will be sent to a forensic center in Fort Wayne for analysis, police said. The unidentified human remains were found Thursday by witnesses who alerted police after stumbling across them while walking along the edge of a field...

Coroner says DNA will ID victim of fiery Indiana collision

Mar. 28, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A motorist who was killed in a fiery highway collision with a truck hauling a load of grain will have to be identified through a DNA test, an Indiana coroner said. Investigators believe they know the identity of the pickup truck driver who died in Wednesday’s crash on U.S....

Nevada authorities make arrest in 2008 cold case

Mar. 28, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Nevada authorities have made an arrest in a cold case that dates back more than a decade. Las Vegas police say officers found Richard Cline dead in December 2008. The Clark County coroner determined he died from blunt force trauma and neck compression, but all investigative leads...

Traffic stop, DNA sample lead to arrest in 2014 car chase

Mar. 27, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A traffic stop and a DNA sample has led to the arrest of a suspect in a 2014 car chase that involved a shooting in a residential neighborhood in Glen Burnie, authorities said. Court records show Anne Arundel County police filed multiple charges against Corey Augusta Bowie, 35,...

Michigan police hope DNA tests will ID remains found in '92

Mar. 21, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police are hoping DNA testing will reveal the identity of woman whose remains were found nearly 30 years ago. The police are turning to the DNA Doe Project, an organization that uses a DNA database to make comparisons and reconstruct family trees. After decades of...

Davenport man charged with sexually assaulting woman in 2011

Mar. 20, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man was arrested after his DNA matched samples collected after a 2011 sexual assault reported in rural eastern Iowa, authorities said. Delaware County court records say Zachary Broders, 33, is charged with third-degree sexual abuse. His attorney didn't immediately return...

Judge allows DNA from trash in 1981 murder case

Mar. 18, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge has ruled prosecutors can use DNA evidence investigators pulled from the trash of a Sioux Falls woman charged with killing her newborn nearly 40 years ago. Second Circuit Court Judge Susan Sabers this week denied a request from the defense attorney for Theresa Bentaas to...

Remains found in Delaware woods identified as missing man

Mar. 17, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) — Skeletal remains found in a wooded area in Delaware this month have been identified as a man who went missing in September, State Police announced Monday. Delaware's Division of Forensic Science determined the human remains discovered in Selbyville on March 2 belonged to David T....