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  • BRPD: DNA match leads to arrest in 20-year-old rape case

    February 27, 2016 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge man was charged with one felony count of forcible rape after his DNA matched evidence taken from a rape kit in 1996. On Feb. 9, 1996, Baton Rouge Police say a 17-year-old victim arrived at a local hospital and said she... more »
  • Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

    February 2, 2016 11:55 AM

    NEW YORK - Scientists have mapped the genome of the bedbug. And in New York, they did something more: They traced the nefarious pest through every subway station in the city and discovered a big genetic diversity among the bloodsucking creatures. Christopher Mason, a geneticist at Weill Cornell... more »
  • Condo board wants pet DNA to track down poopers

    November 21, 2015 3:45 PM

    DESTIN - Some Florida condo owners are steaming after their homeowners association asked them to submit their dog's DNA in order to fine owners who don't pick up after their pets. Harbor Landing residents said they received a letter last week and some feel it's an invasion of privacy. The... more »
  • Teacher accused of having sex with students due back in court Tuesday

    November 10, 2015 9:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A former teacher at Plaquemine High, accused of sleeping multiple students, is scheduled to be back to court Tuesday. Keavin Keith is due back in court for a motion hearing. The 30-year-old was indicted on 35 charges of inappropriate behavior with students earlier this year after several... more »
  • Doggie DNA study says Fido first appeared in Central Asia

    October 19, 2015 3:11 PM

    NEW YORK - Where did dogs first arrive on the scene? Scientists have long debated that question, and now a study of doggie DNA from around the world is pointing to Central Asia. Researchers say man's best friend may have evolved somewhere near what is now Nepal and Mongolia. Previous... more »
  • Baton Rouge police take new look at LSU student's 1985 death

    September 8, 2015 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Police in Baton Rouge are taking a new look at the 1985 slaying of an LSU doctoral candidate, hoping advances in DNA testing will shed new light on the case. Twenty-seven-year-old Melissa Montz had been missing for 51 days when her remains were found in November 1985 in... more »
  • 13-year-old accused of rape

    July 17, 2015 8:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A 13-year-old boy was arrested for raping an 8 year-old in New Orleans East by luring her into an ally. Police say she was outside an apartment complex a week ago when the boy got her to go into the ally and he sexually assaulted her. ... more »
  • Teacher who had sex with students fathered child by victim

    May 22, 2015 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- According to DNA test results, Keavin Keith fathered a child with one of the victims he's accused of sleeping with. Earlier this week Keith was charged with 37 counts of inappropriate behavior with students. Investigators say he had sex with multiple students, and the students told them... more »
  • LSP fire delaying DNA results in teacher sex case

    May 21, 2015 2:26 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Investigators said a fire at the Louisiana State Police headquarters delayed results of a DNA test in the case of a teacher accused of having sex with multiple students, possibly fathering a child with one. Deputies arrested Keavin Keith earlier this week on 37 charges of inappropriate... more »
  • DNA clears woman

    March 9, 2015 7:57 PM

    RENO, NEVADA- Prosecutors declined to have a new trial for a woman who spent 30-years in prison for a murder she did not commit after recently discovered DNA evidence and will throw out the charge. Cathy Woods was convicted in 1976 for stabbing Michelle Mitchell near the University of... more »
  • Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying

    January 30, 2015 1:54 AM

    FALL RIVER, MA - Prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say the ex-NFL star murdered is compelling forensic evidence of the crime. Jurors are set to hear more testimony Friday in the case against Hernandez, a day after the trial started with... more »
  • Wrongly Convicted Man Set Free

    January 24, 2015 10:46 AM

    Whiteville, North Carolina - In 1976, Joseph Sledge was convicted on two counts of second-degree murder for stabbing 74-year-old Josephine Davis, and her 57-year-old daughter, Aileen. After being imprisoned for almost forty years, Sledge was declared innocent be a three-panel jury. His conviction was overturned due to the testimony of... more »
  • State checking on untested rape kits, BRPD reports numbers

    January 9, 2015 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The numbers of untested rape kits across the state are slowly coming in. The legislature passed a measure requesting them from all 421 law enforcement agencies in the state last year, to determine whether or not there is a backlog. "There are lots of incidences in... more »
  • Body identified from 20 years ago

    January 9, 2015 8:01 PM

    SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA- Police have identified a body that washed up on a beach in northern California 20-years ago. They used DNA from the badly decomposed corpse and crossed-indexed it with the FBI's system. It's that of 17-year-old Cengiz Nuray who was last seen at Greyhound Rock Beach in... more »
  • New Orleans police face backlog of 400 rape kits

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say they're working through a backlog of more than 400 untested rape kits. The kits are important elements in an investigation, especially when a victim is attacked by a stranger and DNA is essential. Disclosure about the untested rape kits came during a New... more »
  • DNA linked to how much coffee you drink

    October 7, 2014 3:24 AM

    NEW YORK - How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day? Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a huge study has identified some genes that may play a role. The... more »
  • FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

    August 11, 2014 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patient DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in a patient's stool sample that can be an early warning sign of... more »
  • BRPD: DNA match leads to cold case arrest

    April 8, 2014 1:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a suspect Tuesday in connection with a 2008 murder in Baton Rouge, according to a department spokesperson. Cpl. Don Coppola said detectives arrested Theodis Guillory, 31, on suspicion of shooting and killing Willie Mitchell on April 25, 2008. Investigators said DNA evidence from... more »
  • 3 arrested in $40,000 jewelry theft

    February 19, 2014 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DNA evidence put three people in jail, accused of stealing $40,000 worth of jewelry in Baton Rouge. Davelin George, Dennis Hamilton and Brandon Hamilton were arrested Tuesday for a robbery that happened last August. According to arrest affidavits, George knew the victim and contacted him... more »
  • State winding down in George Zimmerman trial

    July 4, 2013 7:48 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Prosecutors are winding down their case in George Zimmerman's murder trial after presenting evidence and testimony aimed at refuting the former neighborhood watch volunteer's claim he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. Forensics experts testified Wednesday that Martin's DNA was not found on... more »
  • Woman arrested for murder almost 13 years later

    June 28, 2013 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said DNA helped them make an arrest in a nearly 13-year-old murder investigation today. Investigators arrested Sonya Walls Kimber, 48, in connection with the murder of Monique Edwards back on Nov. 14, 2000 in Baton Rouge. Police said Kimber stabbed Edwards and her 2-year-old... more »
  • Supreme Court: Collecting DNA is okay Play Video

    June 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Supreme Court ruled police can collect DNA samples from people who are arrested for felonies, likening the collection to that of fingerprints or photos. Louisiana State Police said today the ruling is a win for their ability to solve cold cases. "It's important to collect... more »
  • Fingerprints collected in Calif. girl's slaying

    April 29, 2013 9:05 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Sheriff's officials say investigators have collected fingerprints and what they believe is DNA from the home where an 8-year-old Northern California girl was stabbed to death. Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo tells the Modesto Bee authorities hope to have lab results on the evidence in a week.... more »
  • Baker police arrest suspect in Popeye's robbery

    April 3, 2013 11:41 AM

    BAKER - Police arrested 19-year-old Laurance Kevin Scott Wilson in connection with an armed robbery of a Popeye's Fried Chicken restaurant in Baker. The robbery took place on March 9 at the Popeye's located at 1940 Main Street. Police say two black men entered the restaurant and took... more »
  • Cold case grant leads to murder arrest Play Video

    March 26, 2013 4:09 PM

    GONZALES - Deputies in Ascension Parish said DNA evidence from the rape and murder of Jeannie Lavigne helped them make an arrest 23 years after the crime was committed. Detectives arrested Kenneth Lavigne, the nephew of the victim's ex-husband, in suspicion of aggravated rape and first-degree murder. Ryan... more »
  • Supreme Court considers DNA collection case Play Video

    February 26, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The US Supreme Court is deciding if police have the right to collect DNA evidence without a warrant during an arrest. Right now, Louisiana law allows police to collect DNA when someone is arrested for a felony or some violent misdemeanors. "It allows us to bring... more »

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