Category Archives: Forensic DNA

Crime scene evidence, victims of crime, suspects allegedly involved in crimes and other persons of interest, analysis of blood, semen and saliva for DNA traces, major crime, volume crime (eg property crimes), evidence given at courts and in trials (expert evidence), CrimTrac, Disaster victim identification, missing persons, decomposed remains, new developments in methodology or equipment.
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Police seek Facebook posts in alleged DV murder case

Townsville Bulletin Samantha Healy February 3, 2016

POLICE have sought records from Facebook’s US headquarters as they continue to build their case against a man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage.
Former soldier Dane Andrew Pilcher was charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed to death Corinne Henderson, 32, at her Idalia unit on September 26 last year.
The charge against him was mentioned in the Townsville Magistrates Court yesterday, with the court hearing the police brief was likely months away from completion.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Felicity Nalder said investigators were awaiting a “significant number” of forensic reports, records from telecommunication companies and material from the social media giant…

The court also heard that forensic testing of the knife allegedly found at the scene was also outstanding.
Pilcher, who is being represented by Legal Aid Queensland, remains in custody.
Solicitor Helen Armitage said there was little they could do until they saw the evidence being relied on by police.
“I have very limited information. All we have is the QP9 (court brief),” Ms Armitage said.
Sgt Nalder said there were still “a lot” of medical statements still outstanding and police were waiting for forensic testing to be completed.
“I understand there has been forensic testing on the knife that was seized from the scene,” Sgt Nalder said.
“My understanding is that hasn’t yet been conducted because some additional testing had to be done and the knife needed to be forwarded to Brisbane for analysis.

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New tool puts accurate DNA analysis in fast lane

(Rice University 19 January 2016) Rice University scientists have developed a tool to analyze the thermal behavior of DNA and RNA strands. It could speed the design of molecular diagnostics that positively identify disease subtypes to inform optimal treatment.

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Gerard Baden-Clay: Prosecutors outline case for reinstatement of murder conviction in wife Allison’s death

ABC News 1 February 2016

In documents submitted late on Monday, the DPP outlined the crown’s summary of argument and why the High Court should return the murder conviction.

The DPP argued there was a motive for murder, including Baden-Clay’s affair and his “cold-blooded” dumping of Allison’s body.

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Texas leading massive review of criminal cases based on change in DNA calculations

Houston Chronicle Gabrielle Banks 30 January 2016

Texas criminal justice organizations have begun reviewing thousands of cases that relied on an outdated method for calculating the odds that a particular person left DNA evidence at a crime scene.  Experts revised national guidelines for calculating odds in these scenarios six years ago, but no one sounded an alarm or asked prosecutors to re-examine cases that used the previous methodology.

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Hunt for a killer: Father murdered before house fire

The Chronicle Tara Miko 29 January 2016

POLICE are now certain Dalby man Mark Wilkes was murdered before the two-storey timber home he was found inside was lit on fire more than a week ago.

Detectives and Homicide Squad officers from Brisbane are have sent more items from the Edward St home for forensic testing and are awaiting the results before the investigation progresses.

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It’s murder he wrote: top judge’s scathing review of Baden-Clay appeal

Courier Mail David Murray 1 February 2016 pp 8-9

A retired judge has delivered a scathing verdict on the downgrading of Gerald Baden-Clay’s murder conviction, declaring Queensland’s highest court “got it wrong”.

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Remains found in missing Queensland man Kurt Kempton’s car

Brisbane Times AAP 1 February 2016

Police have found human remains in the car of a Queensland man who vanished more than five months ago.

Kurt Kempton’s car was found near Gladstone on Friday night and on Monday police confirmed remains had been found inside.

The 26-year-old was last seen driving a grey ute in the Boyne Valley, south of Mackay on September 11.

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