Forensics

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011 file photo, Dr. Henry Lee poses for a photograph at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science on the campus of the University of New Haven in New Haven, Conn. On Thursday, July 11, 2019, the renowned forensic scientist defended the work he did three decades earlier amid new questions about blood evidence in three different murder cases. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
July 11, 2019 - 12:14 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Forensic scientist Henry Lee, who became famous for his testimony in the O.J. Simpson trial and his work on other high-profile murder cases, defended his reputation Thursday after lawyers this week again questioned the accuracy of blood-evidence testimony he gave decades ago...
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William Talbott II, center, in escorted to his seat Friday June 28, 2019 at the Snohomish County Courthouse in Everett, Wash. William Earl Talbott II has been found guilty in the 1987 killings of a young Canadian couple. (Kevin Clark/The Herald via AP)
June 28, 2019 - 2:55 pm
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A jury convicted a Washington state man Friday in the killings of a young Canadian couple more than three decades ago — a case that was finally solved when investigators turned to powerful genealogy software to build a family tree of the then-unknown suspect. Tanya Van...
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This June 1, 2019 photo provided by History Flight shows graves of U.S. servicemen under the water table in Tarawa, Kiribati. A nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts has found what officials believe are the graves of more than 30 Marines and sailors killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. (Eric Albertson/Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency/History Flight via AP)
June 26, 2019 - 3:47 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — An organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts has found what officials believe are the graves of more than 30 Marines and sailors killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. A team working on the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, Regina Wells, foreground right, a forensic laboratories supervisor with the Kentucky State Police, demonstrates new crime-fighting technology in Frankfort, Ky. Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky. Now a state board in Texas has asked a growing government provider of the DNA equipment used in those high-profile projects to halt work amid concerns of potentially jeopardized criminal cases, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)
June 20, 2019 - 6:08 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now a state board in...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Snohomish County Cold Case Detective Jim Scharf, right, shares details of the unsolved case of the 1987 double homicide of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, during a press conference in Everett, Wash. William Earl Talbott II charged in the slayings of the young Canadian couple is facing trial in Washington state this week. (Ian Terry/The Herald via AP, File)
June 14, 2019 - 12:31 pm
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Jurors in Washington state on Friday heard about the mysterious final days of a young Canadian couple killed in 1987 — as well as the novel method authorities used to finally make an arrest three decades later. William Earl Talbott II was arrested last year and charged with...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Snohomish County Cold Case Detective Jim Scharf, right, shares details of the unsolved case of the 1987 double homicide of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, during a press conference in Everett, Wash. William Earl Talbott II charged in the slayings of the young Canadian couple is facing trial in Washington state this week. (Ian Terry/The Herald via AP, File)
June 12, 2019 - 5:38 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A man charged with murder in the 1987 killings of a young Canadian couple is facing trial in Washington state beginning this week, but the case won't challenge the new investigative technique authorities used to link him to the crime. William Earl Talbott II is one of dozens of men...
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In this Nov. 18, 2018, photo, Curtis Rogers, co-founder of GEDmatch, stands outside his office in Lake Worth, Fla. The popular online genetics database used to find unknown relatives has tightened its policies for police usage over privacy concerns. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
June 07, 2019 - 2:29 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After California detectives used a popular online DNA database to track down a suspect in the decades-old Golden State Killer slayings, other police agencies quickly adopted the same technique. Since that case was cracked last year, at least 50 other killings and rapes...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller speaks at the Department of Justice Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Washington, about the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 06, 2019 - 12:30 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than two years after voter check-in software failed on Election Day in a North Carolina county, federal authorities will finally conduct a forensic analysis of electronic poll books to see if Russian military hackers who targeted the software provider may have tampered...
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FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Houston Police Department shows Derion Vence. Searchers are headed to Arkansas to look for a missing 4-year-old Houston girl after Quanell X, a community activist, said Vence, who was arrested in the case, confessed to him in jail that he disposed of her body there. Tim Miller, the director of Texas EquuSearch, says his group will fly to Arkansas Friday, May 31, 2019, to search for the body of Maleah Davis. (Houston Police Department via AP, File)
June 03, 2019 - 10:03 am
HOUSTON (AP) — The remains of a child found in Arkansas last week are those of a missing 4-year-old Texas girl, Maleah Davis, a medical examiner said Monday. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said it had positively identified the remains found in a garbage bag near a freeway outside...
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FILE - This Saturday, May 25, 2019, file photo provided by Cache County Sheriff's Office shows Alex Whipple. Police were able to quickly connect Whipple to the disappearance and death of a 5-year-old Utah girl using a new type of DNA test that can produce results within hours, authorities said. Logan police used a Rapid DNA test to link Alex Whipple to the Saturday disappearance of his niece, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley, KSL-TV reported .(Cache County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
May 31, 2019 - 6:41 pm
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Police were able to quickly connect a man to the disappearance and death of a 5-year-old Utah girl using a new type of DNA test that can produce results within hours, authorities said. Logan police used a Rapid DNA test to link Alex Whipple to the Saturday disappearance of his...
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