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Yogurt Shop DNA Remains a Mystery
After four months of searching, a match still has not been found for the DNA that defense attorneys hope will exonerate their clients
"...expected to quickly find the donor of unknown male DNA found in the body of Amy Ayers, the youngest..."

Aug. 29, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Luv Doc: Why DNA?
Wherein the Luv Doc fails to unlock the mysteries of the universe
"...Dear Luv Doc, Why DNA? - Zack..."

Feb. 6, 2015 Column by The Luv Doc

Pruett Gets 60-Day Delay Pending DNA Testing
A death row inmate is granted a rare reprieve
"...postponed for 60 days pending the outcome of agreed-to DNA testing that could demonstrate Pruett was not responsible for..."

May 17, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

DNA Evidence Clears Morton of Murder Conviction
Georgetown man was wrongfully convicted for wife's murder
"...with Morton's defense counsel and the Innocence Project that DNA evidence proves Morton was not responsible for the 1986..."

Oct. 7, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

DNA Lab to Be Put Under Microscope
An upcoming audit of APD's lab could be just the beginning
"...the next few weeks giving the Austin Police Department's DNA lab a once-over. Specifically, they're looking into the lab's..."

July 16, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Judge Orders Posthumous DNA Testing
Did the state execute an innocent man?
"...– that was set to be destroyed – for DNA testing that could determine whether the state executed an..."

June 25, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Norwood Trial: Breaking Down the DNA
Accused killer’s ex-wife takes the stand
"...four witnesses who would speak to the science of DNA during Wednesday and Thursday proceedings. She spoke to the..."

Sept. 16, 2016 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

DNA Lab to Reopen?
Council will consider a plan to hand over APD's lab to DPS
"...recommendations and “evaluate the impact of the findings to DNA evidence” in criminal cases, and (b) begin work with..."

March 16, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

APD’s Backed Up DNA Backlog
The department still holds evidence from 3,294 sexual assault cases
"...he's overseen since late December still holds evidence requiring DNA testing from 3,294 sexual assault cases. That includes all..."

Feb. 10, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

DNA Case Review Is On
County pledges $1 million toward reviewing potentially affected cases
"...reviewing cases potentially affected by the Austin Police Department's DNA Lab disaster. To begin the "materiality review," the county..."

Feb. 3, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

The Future of Austin’s Crime Lab
The backlog of DNA evidence is moving, but is it shrinking?
"...the Austin Police Department announced the shutdown of its DNA lab due to poorly trained staff and the use..."

Dec. 2, 2016 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Letters at 3AM: 3% Neanderthal
Our DNA has seen it all before – and survived
"...That's me: 3% of my DNA is Neanderthal. Higher than the norm for Eurasian descendants...."

Jan. 10, 2014 Column by Michael Ventura

Swearingen to CCA: Please Test the Evidence
State says testing won't prove innocence
"...No additional DNA testing of evidence in the case of Larry Swearingen,..."

Dec. 5, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Did Failures at APD’s Crime Lab Lead to Sexual Assaults in Houston?
Rape case goes unprosecuted due to contaminated DNA evidence
"...the Oct. 12, 2008, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping of a woman, cited (as a pseudonym) in affidavits..."

Oct. 7, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Yogurt Shop Defendants Ask for Bond
Judge Lynch seems to have changed his tune about whether mounting evidence might be enough to allow Springsteen and Scott out of jail on bond
"...pass on to the state final reports from their DNA experts who have found unknown male DNA in sisters..."

Jan. 12, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Evidence Missing in Skinner Case
Key evidence missing and no one knows why
"...announced it would drop its opposition to the post-conviction DNA testing of evidence in the capital murder case that..."

June 13, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Yogurt Shop Murder
New evidence could hobble state's murder case
"...for yogurt shop defendant Robert Springsteen says that retested DNA evidence proves his client is not guilty and should..."

April 18, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Crime Lab Chronicles
City memo updates on troubled DNA lab's progress
"...on Friday, Assistant City Manager Rey Arellano requested the DNA lab's interlocal agreement (ILA)between Austin and Travis County be..."

Aug. 24, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Swearingen Execution Stayed – Again
Judge rules to allow DNA testing
"...Swearingen be withdrawn. The move allows Swearingen to pursue DNA testing in the 1998 murder of Melissa Trotter. Whether..."

Jan. 30, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Signs of Optimism at Troubled Crime Lab
Continued efforts aim to right past wrongdoings at the DNA lab
"...via Brady notices to those convicted in part by DNA evidence analyzed at APD...."

Sept. 15, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

After Innocence
This documentary raises staggering questions about virtually every aspect of the criminal-justice system as it follows what happens to several convicts who have been exonerated by DNA evidence submitted by the Innocence Project.
"...the nation’s most notorious hellholes; and finally exonerated by DNA evidence submitted by the Innocence Project, an advocacy group..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Death Watch: Where’s Your Evidence?
Exculpatory testimony, DNA at issue in two landmark cases
"...a 10-year prison sentence for the in-custody rape and kidnapping of a woman while he was an officer with..."

Oct. 6, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Monrovia, Indiana
Frederick Wiseman's passive observation gets mired in rural life
"...school band concerts I am not obligated by shared DNA to attend. The film is a string of vignettes..."

Nov. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Advocates Ask Council to Solve Rape Kit Backlog
APD’s DNA lab closure puts 1,300 kits on hold indefinitely
"...Police Department’s rape kit backlog in light of the DNA lab closure...."

July 29, 2016 News Post by Annamarya Scaccia

Maggie's Plan
Greta Gerwig delights in this NYC-set screwball romantic comedy
"...for exact synchronicity, but Maggie’s Plan bears in its DNA more than a little Midsummer Night’s Dream, a text..."

June 10, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

That's My Boy
Casting Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg as father and son is a stroke of inspiration, but there's nothing else cute about this comedy.
"...here. That’s My Boy needs no paternity test; its DNA is evident. So is its spunk...."

June 22, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

In Time
Andrew Niccol writes and directs this science fiction thriller that stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.
"...stratified by genetic engineering. While In Time shares similar DNA – they're both about the struggle of the underdog..."

Nov. 4, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Skinner Wins With Supremes
Death row inmate can sue for access to DNA evidence
"...in an effort to have physical evidence subjected to DNA testing...."

March 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Yogurt Shop Hearing Postponed
Judge Mike Lynch postpones today's hearing until October and says prosecutors cannot delay trial again based on an inability to find donor of male DNA
"...to trial before finding the unknown donor of male DNA found inside at least two of the four young..."

Aug. 12, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Code 46
Cyberpunk meets renegade romance, à la Orwell.
"...must first be screened for any sign of shared DNA. Society – and it is difficult to call it..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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