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DNA, ballistics link man to April 2019 Kansas City killing

May. 23, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged in an April 2019 shooting death in Kansas City based on DNA and ballistics evidence. Thirty-two-year-old Brandon Hill, of Independence, was charged Friday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 40-year-old Derrick White, whose...

Wisconsin testing delays grow for DNA and other evidence

May. 20, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin crime labs took longer to complete DNA, ballistics and forensic evidence testing during Attorney General Josh Kaul's first year in office, posing a problem for the Democrat after he hammered his Republican predecessor over lab delays during their 2018 campaign. Kaul released...

Genetic analysis helps police make arrest in Santa Fe death

May. 16, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say genetic analysis of DNA evidence from the 2018 fatal shooting of a man in his home's backyard helped crack the case, leading to an arrest. Police said they arrested Joseph Jones, 26, in the killing of 52-year-old Robert Romero, who was believed to have gotten into...

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch during the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, Calif. Autopsy reports released Friday, May 15, 2020, show that the pilot who flew Bryant did not have drugs or alcohol in his system when the helicopter crashed in Southern California in January, killing all nine aboard. The causes of death for Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pilot Ara Zobayan and the others have been ruled blunt force trauma. Federal authorities are still investigating the crash. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Autopsy: Pilot in Kobe Bryant crash had no alcohol, drugs

May. 15, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released...

Georgia man jailed for 43 years freed after plea deal

May. 15, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of murdering a woman in 1976 reached a plea deal and was released from jail Friday after recent DNA testing cast doubt on his guilt. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted in 1977 of murder, rape and robbery in the slaying of Katharina Wright, 19, in an apartment...

DNA identifies body of missing Ohio man found in Florida

May. 15, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — DNA evidence has helped authorities in Florida identify the skeletal remains of an Ohio man who went missing in 1993, sheriff's officials said. Wayne Calvin Griffith, 43, was reporting missing from his Ashtabula, Ohio, on Oct. 1, 1993. Survey workers found his decomposing body...

In this Monday, May 4, 2020 photo, Halil Hasani displays four photos of his missing sons from right to left Fadil, 32, Gazmend , 24, Armend, 20, and Hasan, 15, taken by Serb forces during the Kosovo war over two decades ago, as he sits in the porch of his house in the village of Qabra. Hasani is convinced his four sons are alive and imprisoned somewhere in Serbia more than two decades after police and paramilitary forces took them from a village in Kosovo. At the time, an armed uprising by ethnic Albanian separatists had led to a bloody Serb crackdown, an international crisis and a NATO bombing campaign in Kosovo, then a Serbian province.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo families seek answers 21 years after Serb conflict

May. 14, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

CABER, Kosovo (AP) — Halil Hasani is convinced his four sons are alive and imprisoned somewhere in Serbia more than two decades after police and paramilitary forces took them from a village in Kosovo. At the time, an armed uprising by ethnic Albanian separatists had led to a bloody Serb crackdown, an...

Judge rejects plea deal for man convicted in 1976 slaying

May. 12, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to a plea deal that would have freed a Georgia man who was convicted in a murder case decades ago, but a judge disagreed with the terms, keeping the man behind bars. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the 1976...

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Carlos Ridley. Ridley, serving a life sentence for a triple slaying, was awaiting a court ruling this month he hoped would help him prove innocence through DNA testing. On Monday, May 4, 2020, an Ohio appeals court rejected Ridley's request. The next day, he was rushed to a hospital where he died of COVID-19, according to his two daughters. (Ohio Department of Corrections via AP)

Multiple Ohio prison deaths include inmate arguing innocence

May. 11, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prison inmate Carlos Ridley, four decades into a life sentence for a triple slaying, was awaiting a court ruling this month he hoped would help him prove innocence through DNA testing. On Monday, an Ohio appeals court rejected Ridley’s request. The next day, he was rushed...

Remains found in 2009 could belong to missing Alabama man

May. 8, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Skeletal remains found more than a decade ago could belong to a missing Alabama man, authorities said Oakman native Scott Allen Key was last seen in April 2009 but few details were known about his disappearance. He was 44 at the time. In November 2009, remains of an unidentified...