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Arizona man extradited to Nevada in 1979 killing of woman

Nov. 16, 2019 6:27 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Arizona man was extradited to Nevada on Friday after a cold-case investigation led to his arrest in the 1979 killing of a woman last seen in California. The Nevada Attorney General’s Office and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said 73-year-old Charles Gary Sullivan was...

Correction: Testing Innocence story

Nov. 15, 2019 6:04 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — In an Oct. 18 story about an executed man’s daughter’s efforts to exonerate him in a 1985 killing in Tennessee, The Associated Press erroneously reported that she is seeking DNA testing on a Missouri man charged in a separate killing. She is seeking DNA testing on a pair...

Suspect in ‘Potomac River Rapist’ cold case arrested

Nov. 15, 2019 9:46 AM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Genealogy websites and a cheek swab enabled U.S. Marshals to arrest a man suspected of being the “Potomac River Rapist,” who terrorized the nation’s capital in the 1990s. News outlets report 60-year-old Giles Daniel Warrick is now awaiting extradition from Horry...

Georgia executes man for store clerk's killing in 1994

Nov. 13, 2019 11:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death late Wednesday night, authorities said. Inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He made...

Condemned Georgia man launches another appeal for DNA tests

Nov. 11, 2019 7:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man sentenced to die Wednesday has launched another last-ditch appeal aimed at supporting his claims of innocence, asking a federal judge to stop his execution and order DNA testing on crime scene evidence. In court papers filed Friday in Valdosta, Cromartie's lawyers say such...

Mexico uncovers 10 more bodies from mass grave in Sonora

Nov. 10, 2019 5:53 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Forensic scientists in the Mexican state of Sonora have recovered 10 more bodies from mass graves near a beach town, raising the total number of bodies and skeletons found in the area since October to 52. The state attorney's office said Saturday they were tipped off to the desert burial...

DNA matches Oklahoma man serving life term to 1995 murder

Nov. 6, 2019 2:39 PM EST

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — A man already imprisoned for murder has been charged in a separate 1995 killing in northeastern Oklahoma that state investigators say they solved by reanalyzing DNA evidence. Court records show 58-year-old Kenneth Tyrone Brown was charged Tuesday in Wagoner County with one count of...

St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office: 100 cases under review

Nov. 6, 2019 12:37 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A pattern of improper analysis in the St. Louis County Police Department's crime lab by a forensic scientist has led to a review of at least 100 criminal cases involving DNA evidence, the county prosecutor's office says. Sam Alton, chief of staff for St. Louis County Prosecuting...

Colorado woman arrested in 1996 death of newborn

Nov. 5, 2019 6:15 PM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with the 1996 death of a newborn girl whose body was found in a garbage bag weighed down with rocks in a northern Colorado reservoir. Jennifer Katalinich, 42, also known as Jennifer Tjornehoj, turned herself in to authorities and was...

Clarification: Central African Republic-UN-Sex Abuse Report

Nov. 4, 2019 8:22 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — In a story Nov. 1, The Associated Press included quotes from U.N. OIOS investigator Ben Swanson which suggested that he questioned the findings of a draft report on an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic. The story should...