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The Use of DNA Just Gets More Interesting

Learning more about the use of DNA as a forensic tool.
 
Today I learned that DNA samples can be extracted from fingerprints/fingermarks. It makes perfect sense that “touch DNA” would be deposited at a crime scene through finger prints.
 
The results seem to vary depending on the surface where the print/mark was left and the duration of time the finger was pressed against the surface. Just the same, even if a fingerprint/fingermark is smudged, DNA might be extracted to help place a person at a crime scene.
 
I am waiting to hear back from a major DNA research firm to learn if DNA can be extracted from the material used to lift prints from a crime scene.
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Retrial in the Leila Fowler Murder Case set for June 19, 2018.

Calaveras County Court Judge Susan Harlan set June 19, 2018 as the date to begin the retrial of Isiah Fowler whose 2015 conviction for the stabbing death of his 8 year old sister Leila was reversed by the California State Court of Appeals for the 3rd District.  The time for the State Attorney General to file for a petition of review passed after 40 days from the February 22, 2018 decision without a move to contest the appellate court’s decision at the State Supreme Court level.

http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_3444b338-59fd-11e8-89c8-2ffe6eb79456.html

 

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Leila Fowler Trial Information

Due scheduling conflicts and continued testing of key physical evidence, the trial date in the Leila Fowler murder case was moved from August 5, 2015 to September 15, 2015.

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The Leila Fowler Murder case is pushed back to August 5th, 2015 to allow for more DNA testing.

The testing of unidentified DNA found on Leila Fowler is taking longer than expected and as a result the start of trial scheduled for May 18th, 2015 was pushed back to August 5th.

All that can be said now is that the DNA does not match any of Leila’s relatives, including the accused killer, her brother Isaiah.

http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/239669/dna-questions-continue-cloud-fowler-case.html

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If Boulder wasn’t ready to handle the Jon Benet Ramsey murder, is any small town ready to handle anything similar?

The following is taken from the following ABC News link: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/police-chief-jonbenet-ramsey-crime-scene-mishandled-29217627?cid=fb_abcn_sf

 

In his most extensive comments on the JonBenet Ramsey case, the formerColorado police chief who led the investigation into the high-profile 1996 slaying of the 6-year-old beauty queen acknowledged online that officers botched the initial handling of the crime scene.

Mark Beckner, former chief of the Boulder Police Department, participated Saturday in an “Ask Me Anything” session on the social-networking and news site Reddit. He told the Daily Camera on Tuesday that he didn’t realize his comments would filter out to the rest of the world.

“I talked to the organizer, and my impression was that this was a members-only type group that talked about unsolved mysteries all around the world,” said Beckner, 59.

JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family’s home on Dec. 26, 1996, after her mother, Patsy Ramsey, called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been found.

In the Reddit forum, Beckner said police should have separated JonBenet’s parents and gotten full statements from Patsy and John Ramsey that day. The case was initially mishandled due to a “perfect storm type scenario,” he wrote.

“It was the Christmas holiday and we were short staffed, we faced a situation as I said earlier that no one in the country had ever seen before or since, and there was confusion at the scene as people were arriving before we had enough personnel on the scene,” he wrote online.

No one has been prosecuted in the case. Court documents released in 2013 show a grand jury recommended indictments against the Ramseys, contrary to the long-held perception that the secret panel ended their work in 1999 without deciding to charge anyone.

At the time, then-District Attorney Alex Hunter didn’t mention an indictment, saying only that there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant charges against the Ramseys, who had long maintained their innocence.

In 2008 — two years after Patsy died — former District Attorney Mary Lacy cleared the Ramseys of any role in their daughter’s death, based on DNA evidence that pointed to the involvement of a third party.

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Off site interrogation/unofficial detention by American Law Enforcement.

The link appearing below is to an article outlining the alleged existence of a warehouse in Chicago that is used as an unofficial location for interrogation in which detainees are allowed none of their constitutional rights to counsel.  I know from personal experience that the concept of an offsite location was used by local law enforcement.  At least one witness in a case was asked to appear in at a warehouse for questioning on a Saturday night.  The warehouse was not even in the same county as the incident being investigated.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

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USA Today is following the Fowler Trial Too.

Here is a link to USA Today’s coverage of the latest developments in the Leila Fowler murder.  The facts seem to contradict the inside sources so often cited on the local social media sites.

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2015/02/18/23609521/

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