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Man, woman charged with murder in Tulsa cold case

Sep. 20, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say DNA evidence led to first-degree murder charges against two people for their role in the slaying of a man found tied up and beaten inside a Tulsa hotel room more than 35 years ago. First-degree murder charges were filed Friday in Tulsa against a 58-year-old Texas woman...

South Korea police say they may have found serial killer

Sep. 19, 2019 1:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Thursday that they have found a suspect thought to be an infamous serial killer wanted for the slaying of nine women some 30 years ago. Police said the man's DNA matches samples taken from evidence collected from some of the crime scenes. Senior police...

Mississippi autopsy confirms child's body in garbage bags

Sep. 17, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy confirms that remains found in garbage bags in a Mississippi basement belonged to a small child. Meridian police Chief Benny Dubose told The Meridian Star that the Friday autopsy at the state crime lab found a badly decomposed body with a broken rib on one side and cracked...

Psychiatrist: Man accused of killing 6 controlled by voices

Sep. 16, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A forensic psychiatrist told jurors Monday that a man accused of fatally shooting six members of his ex-wife's family near Houston in 2014 wasn't responsible for his actions because of severe mental illness that made him believe voices in his head telling him to carry out the killings....

The Latest: All 34 victims of California boat fire ID'd

Sep. 12, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a fatal boat fire that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Authorities say they have now identified all 34 victims of a boat fire off the Southern California coast. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office added the last seven...

Attorneys general warn about 'at-home rape kit' companies

Sep. 12, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two companies are under fire for saying they want to sell do-it-yourself rape kits to sexual assault survivors. Attorneys general in several states have sent cease-and-desist letters to the MeToo Kits Company, based in New York City, and the New Jersey-based The Preserve Group, saying the...

Tulsa man convicted of murder freed after DNA tests

Sep. 12, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

A man who had served nearly 17 years of a prison sentence of life without parole for the death of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, lounge owner was released from prison Thursday after testing on evidence from the crime scene failed to find his DNA. Willard O'Neal of Tulsa was released hours after pleading no contest to...

Now-deceased suspect identified in 1981 Colorado killing

Sep. 10, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado county authorities have identified a now-deceased suspect with new DNA technology in the 1981 killing of a young woman, officials said. Jeannie Moore, 18, disappeared Aug. 25, 1981 and her body was found five days later in Genesee Park west of Denver, KUSA-TV...

Ex-soldier serving life for teen's '82 murder seeks DNA test

Sep. 9, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Advocates for a former U.S. soldier convicted of the attempted rape and murder of an Army officer's son 37 years ago are asking a federal judge to order DNA testing to discredit what they say is weak evidence presented at a court-martial that sent him to prison for life. The Hawaii...

Judge quashes DNA test suit in teen's mysterious 1972 death

Sep. 8, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has quashed an effort to compel DNA testing on clothing aimed at solving the mysterious death of a teenage girl almost a half-century ago. Judge Karen Cassidy ruled Friday in dismissing the lawsuit that resident Ed Salzano doesn't have standing to sue the Union...