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Kansas says backlog of untested rape kits nearly eliminated

Oct. 17, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement agencies have nearly eliminated a backlog of 2,200 sexual assault kits that had gone untested, including some that dated back decades, authorities announced Thursday. Agencies have had about 2,000 of the kits tested by forensic labs and the remaining 235 should be...

Executed man's daughter asks court to order DNA testing

Oct. 14, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A woman whose father was executed for murder in Tennessee 13 years ago asked a judge on Monday to order the testing of DNA evidence in the case. The hearing in Memphis focused largely on whether April Alley can legally bring a petition for DNA testing on behalf of her father's estate....

Hearing set to consider DNA testing in case of executed man

Oct. 11, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A hearing has been set to determine whether DNA testing should be conducted on evidence from a 1985 crime to possibly exonerate a Tennessee man posthumously. April Alley filed a petition in April requesting that DNA evidence be tested in an effort to prove her father's innocence....

Man charged in Los Angeles with 1985 death of TV director

Oct. 8, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man in the cold-case killing of a TV director who worked on "The Incredible Hulk," ''The Six Million Dollar Man" and other shows more than three decades ago. The district attorney's office in Los Angeles said Tuesday that 53-year old Edwin Jerry Hiatt is facing...

2 victims of 1944 circus fire exhumed in ID attempt

Oct. 7, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Authorities exhumed the bodies Monday of two victims of the 1944 Hartford circus fire in the hopes of determining whether one of them is a woman who is among five people still listed as missing after the tragedy. The exhumations at Northwood Cemetery in Windsor, Connecticut, occurred...

Sheriff: DNA tests ID mother of baby girl found dead in 1994

Sep. 26, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

JEANERETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say DNA testing has helped them identify and arrest the mother of a baby girl found dead in a trash can 25 years ago. News outlets report 50-year-old Sonia Charles was booked Wednesday into the Iberia Parish Jail on a first-degree murder charge. Authorities say...

Suspect in 1992 slaying of teacher's aide pleads guilty

Sep. 25, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The suspect in the 1992 abduction, rape and killing of a Massachusetts teacher's aide changed his plea to guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Gary Schara, 50, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Lisa Ziegert, a...

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....