Forensics

Ricky Davis, center, is hugged by his mother, Maureen Klein, right, after he was released from custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Davis spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his housemate, a newspaper columnist, in 2004. The conviction was thrown out after new evidence was found implicating another person. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 13, 2020 - 9:14 pm
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California authorities used recently developed DNA techniques to free one man and implicate another for only the second time in the United States, officials said Thursday. A man who spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in the slaying of his...
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FILE - This combination photo of undated file photos, released by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, show missing children Joshua "JJ" Vallow, left, and Tylee Ryan. Police say the mother of two missing kids has been found in Hawaii, along with her new husband, but the children still have not been located. Seventeen-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow have been missing since September 2019, and police say their mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, and her new husband Chad Daybell, lied to investigators about where the children are. When police returned to their home in Idaho to question them again, the adults had disappeared. (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children via AP, File)
January 27, 2020 - 1:47 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police say the mother of two missing kids has been found in Hawaii along with her new husband, but there's still no sign of the children in the cross-country investigation that includes several mysterious deaths. Police in Kauai pulled over Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell near a...
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Robert Eugene Koehler in court at his first appearance before Judge David Silverman via closed circuit Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes, Fla. Several law enforcement agencies believe the 60-year-old Palm Bay, Fla. man to be the infamous Pillow Case Rapist, who is thought to have attacked over 40 victims when in South Florida in the early 1980s. He was arrested on Saturday, January 18, 2020. (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP)
January 23, 2020 - 7:24 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors announced Thursday that a sophisticated DNA match has led to the cold case arrest of a Florida man believed to be the “pillowcase rapist" who terrorized greater Miami with a series of assaults on women in the 1980s. Robert Koehler, 60, was arrested over the weekend and was...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. United Nations experts Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 called for an "immediate investigation" by the United States and others into information they received that suggests that Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's WhatsApp account. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
January 23, 2020 - 2:27 pm
BOSTON (AP) — U.N. human rights experts are asking Washington to investigate a suspected Saudi hack that may have siphoned data from the personal smartphone of Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of The Washington Post. But the forensic evidence they cite comes from an incomplete study of Bezos's...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, employees of the Fulton County Election Preparation Center in Atlanta test electronic voting machines. A computer security expert says he found that an election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs of tampering. The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem discovered in August 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz, File)
January 16, 2020 - 4:45 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs that the original server was hacked. The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem...
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Lisle police detective Chris Loudon speaks during a press conference in Wheaton, Ill., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. A suspected serial killer strangled a suburban Chicago teenage girl in 1976 and likely killed another woman just days before she was to testify in court that he raped her, police said Monday. (Rick West/Daily Herald via AP)
January 14, 2020 - 3:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who police suspect strangled a 16-year-old suburban Chicago girl in 1976 may have killed as many as a dozen young women and plotted to kill others before he died during a fatal knife attack on a teenage boy, a detective investigating the case said Tuesday. “When we start...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 photo, FBI agents canvas the neighborhood searching for information on Heidi Broussard, a missing Austin, Texas, woman and her infant daughter in South Austin, Texas. Authorities recovered a woman's body and found a child safe in a home on the outskirts of Houston. Austin police spokeswoman Lisa Cortinas told The Associated Press that police can not confirm that the missing woman and her daughter have been found, but said an announcement may be made later Friday, Dec. 20. Heidi Broussard and her newborn daughter, Margot Carey were last seen Dec. 12 in Austin. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
December 20, 2019 - 5:29 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than a week after a 33-year-old Texas mother and her infant daughter vanished, authorities said Friday they found the woman dead more than 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) away but the baby safe, and have charged a suspect with kidnapping and tampering with a corpse. Heidi...
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FILE - This undated file handout photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death row inmate Stacey Johnson. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 upheld a lower court ruling denying Johnson's request for DNA testing of evidence from the 1993 killing of Carol Heath. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
December 12, 2019 - 1:53 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a death row inmate who was spared from execution two years ago is not entitled to new DNA testing of evidence that his attorneys say could exonerate him. In a 5-2 ruling, justices upheld a lower court ruling denying convicted...
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A police officer poses to illustrate a saliva test in Grevenbroich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Police in the western German city of Grevenbroich have asked about 900 men to come forward and have their DNA tested to help solve the gruesome killing of an 11-year-old girl decades ago. The girl, Claudia Ruf, was kidnapped, raped and choked to death by an anonymous murderer in 1996. (Roland Weihrauch/dpa via AP)
November 23, 2019 - 7:05 am
BERLIN (AP) — German police asked about 900 men on Saturday to have their DNA tested to help solve the gruesome killing of an 11-year-old girl from the western city of Grevenbroich some 23 years ago. The girl, Claudia Ruf, was kidnapped, raped and choked to death by an anonymous murderer in 1996 in...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, April Alley, front, daughter of Sedley Alley, hugs a member of her legal counsel in a Memphis, Tenn., courtroom. Since the early 1990s, 22 death row inmates around the U.S. have been exonerated through DNA evidence. Now the Innocence Project hopes to exonerate Sedley Alley, a Tennessee man who has already been executed. Alley was put to death by lethal injection in 2006 for the murder two decades earlier of Marine Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins. Alley said his confession was coerced. A judge is expected to rule Monday, Nov. 18 on whether DNA evidence can be tested. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian via AP, File)
November 18, 2019 - 2:56 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have legal standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of the claims. April Alley is the daughter of Sedley...
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