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1980 killing of Indiana Man in Arizona is cold case no more

Jul. 13, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Yavapai County say they have solved a 40-year-old homicide case. Yavapai County Sheriff's officials said Monday that DNA evidence is what ultimately led to them determining who shot and killed Michael E. Lee in 1980. According to investigators, Lee was a 29-year-old...

DNA being tested on remains of human foot found in boot

Jul. 11, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A coroner says the Mississippi Crime Lab will test DNA from the remains of a human foot that were found inside a boot on the banks of the Mississippi River. The boot with a bone in it was found Monday near Natchez by workers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and...

Ricky Birch, second from left, and Shawn Henning, second from right, celebrate with their attorneys after the state permanently dismissed their murder charges, Friday, July 10, 2020, at Torrington Superior Court in Torrington, Conn. Birch and Henning each had served 30 years in prison for the 1985 murder of Everett Carr in New Milford, Conn. (Brigitte Ruthman/Republican-American via AP)

Judge dismisses cases against men convicted in 1985 murder

Jul. 10, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Two men who spent decades in prison based in part on the erroneous testimony of world-famous forensic expert Henry Lee had all charges against them dismissed Friday by a Connecticut Superior Court judge. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban came after the state Supreme...

FILE - In this Friday, June 19, 2020, file photo, mourners hold images of Andres Guardado, who was fatally shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, at a memorial site in Gardena, Calif. A lawyer for the family of a young man killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy said Wednesday, July 8, 2020, that an independent autopsy revealed 18-year-old, Guardado was shot five times in the back. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Attorney: Man was shot in back by Los Angeles County deputy

Jul. 8, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 18-year-old man was shot in the back five times and killed last month by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who, nearly three weeks later, still has not been interviewed by investigators, the family's lawyer and authorities said Wednesday. Andres Guardado, who friends and...

Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

Jul. 8, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Wednesday. Herring said the project to test rape kits — some decades old — began in 2015. Since then,...

Juan Cruz, boyfriend of Army soldier Vanessa Guillén, kneels in front of a mural honoring her Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Houston. Army investigators have identified the body of a soldier who vanished more than two months ago from a base in Texas, according to a lawyer for the soldier's family. Remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belong to Guillén and Army officials informed her family in Houston Sunday, attorney Natalie Khawam told The Associated Press. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Army identifies buried remains as missing Texas soldier

Jul. 6, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Army commander confirmed Monday that dismembered remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belonged to a 20-year-old soldier who vanished more than two months ago from the Texas base. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, Fort Hood's senior commander, said during a news conference that the...

People visit a mass grave for the victims of the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq on Thursday, July 1, 2020. A human skull, a pair of worn trousers and a shoe were among the remains unearthed from a mass grave discovered this week in northern Iraq, a remnant of the brutal rule of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)

New mass grave unearthed in Iraq's north from brutal IS rule

Jul. 2, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — A human skull, a pair of worn trousers and a shoe were among the remains unearthed from a mass grave discovered this week in northern Iraq, a remnant of the brutal rule of the Islamic State group, Iraqi officials said Thursday. The new mass grave was discovered on Monday in the village...

Police arrest man in fatal shooting of woman in St. Paul

Jul. 1, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police have arrested a 20-year-old man in a fatal shooting during a disturbance in the city's Midway area early Wednesday. Officers were called to the disturbance about 1 a.m. and learned that a woman with an apparent gunshot wound had been brought to Regions Hospital in a...

Janet Johnson of Pawcatuck, Ct., front, speaks at a news conference while her husband, Norman, looks on after the sentencing hearing Wednesday, July 1, 2020, for James Curtis Clanton in the death of Helene Pruszynski, Janet Johnson's younger sister, four decades ago in Castle Rock, Colo. Clanton has been sentenced to life in prison. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Man sentenced to life in 1980 killing of Colorado intern

Jul. 1, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for killing a college student from Massachusetts who was working as a Denver radio station intern 40 years ago, a case solved with the help of DNA profiles shared by relatives online. James Curtis Clanton, 63, a truck driver from Lake Butler, Florida, was...

Denmark to review court cases because of possible DNA flaw

Jun. 29, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Some 3,450 criminal cases where a court ruling was chiefly based on DNA evidence will be reviewed, Denmark’s top prosecutor said Monday after a retest showed that a person convicted of burglarly likely was innocent. “We are protectively looking if to see if there...