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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...

Pakistan to use DNA tests to identify train fire victims

Nov. 1, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's forensic experts will carry out DNA tests to identify most of the victims of the massive train fire in eastern Punjab province the previous day that killed 74 people and injured dozens, officials said Friday. The tests are are required to identify as many as 52 charred...

Leaked UN report shows failed investigation on sexual abuse

Oct. 31, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations botched its investigation into accusations of sexual abuse in Central African Republic, letting down victims, according to a draft report. The report, written in 2017 but not yet made public, was leaked to The New Humanitarian and seen by The Associated Press. A...

Georgia Supreme Court temporarily halts man's execution

Oct. 30, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was to be put to death Wednesday, Georgia's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the...

Medical examiner dismisses doubts about Epstein autopsy

Oct. 30, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The medical examiner who ruled Jeffrey Epstein's death a suicide immediately pushed back Wednesday against the suggestion by a longtime forensic pathologist hired by Epstein's family that some of the evidence indicates homicide. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said she stands...