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State's Case Hung by a Hair
New DNA testing calls into question execution of Claude Jones
"...Notably, the hair was never subjected to DNA testing, and Jones proclaimed his innocence up until his..."

Nov. 12, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Judge Dismisses Yogurt Shop Charges
Lynch grants state's request UPDATE: Travis Co. DA responds
"...dismissal of all charges pending further investigation to find DNA donor. Say they see no other option but to..."

Oct. 28, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Never-Ending Timeline
A chronology of events in the yogurt shop murder case
"...1, 1999: Police collect hair and blood samples for DNA analysis from the four men charged with the crime...."

July 17, 2009 News Feature

Send Your Cheek Swab to Space
A new promotional contest for Tabula Rasa sounds like the stuff of science fiction
"...is fleeing the planet and taking with him enough DNA information to rebuild a chunk of humanity. If you..."

Aug. 8, 2008 Screens Feature by James Renovitch

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...team found "severe and pervasive problems" with serology and DNA profiling work during the entire 15-year time frame he..."

Jan. 13, 2006 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...and Cold Case units to identify cases with usable DNA evidence. According to APD, Sex Crimes detectives have already..."

Oct. 28, 2005 News Feature

The Bryant-Reed Connection
A DNA expert's performance in a Bastrop capital case becomes an issue in the NBA star's trial
"...A DNA-testing battle is heating up in the criminal court case..."

June 11, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Second Yogurt Shop Case Begins
Jury selection is set to begin July 29 for round two of the infamous yogurt shop murder trials.
"...physical evidence that marked Springsteen's trial. Although detectives found DNA at the crime scene, it couldn't be matched to..."

July 26, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Raped Twice?
Virginia Glore asked the APD for a rape test -- instead they're prosecuting her for DWI.
"...take pictures of their injuries and wanted to get DNA swabs. Eleven days after the Aug. 4 incident, Glore..."

Oct. 12, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature
Understanding the Science
"...encoded into single and distinct genes, certain segments of DNA with specific instructions for specific protein production. In front..."

Aug. 6, 1999 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Ventura-Ventura on-on Clones-Clones
"...years that all aspects of life are determined by DNA, are now falling all over each other to tell..."

March 14, 1997 Column by Michael Ventura

APD Touts Progress on Rape Kit Backlog
Police update community on what’s been done and what comes next
"...the backlog, lab workers were able to get a DNA reading from about 35% of the tested specimens –..."

Feb. 22, 2019 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Rape Kit Backlog Reaches Zero
Kits have been sent out for testing, but the wait continues
"...fall.” Casar became involved in the effort after APD’s DNA lab closed in June of 2016, and sponsored 2017..."

April 9, 2018 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Rape Claims Hit Rideshare Drivers
Lyft, RideAustin drivers both arrested on sexual assault charges
"...this week and charged with felony sexual assault after DNA testing linked both men to separate crime reports –..."

Oct. 20, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

APD Updates County on Moldy Rape Kits
Operations resume, new protocol for informing stakeholders to come
"...a 10% bleach solution originally recommended by Jody Koehler, DNA section manager at the DPS Capital Area Regional Lab,..."

July 6, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Recent Austin News Headlines
The week's news in review
"...DNA Lab Reopens? Two votes at Council today concern APD's..."

March 24, 2017 News Feature

Mark Norwood Returns to Court
Accused killer in 1988 murder now three weeks from second trial
"...murder, but was exonerated in 2011 after previously unpresented DNA evidence absolved him of the crime. The revelation ended..."

Aug. 19, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Manufacturing Innovation
Will the next big thing be a product of inspiration, perspiration, or just dumb luck?
"...Center Executive Director Hal Gregersen, co-author of The Innovator's DNA (and host of a panel by the same name)...."

March 13, 2015 Screens Feature by Nora Ankrum

Death Watch: The Wrong Man?
Rodney Reed execution stayed
"...officer (currently serving a 10-year sentence for a subsequent kidnapping and improper sexual contact with a person in custody)..."

Feb. 27, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Lege Lines
The Michael Morton Act, airport screening, business tax cuts, and more
"...for the 1986 murder of his wife Christine, which DNA testing ultimately proved he did not commit. At his..."

April 19, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

West of Memphis
Eighteen years of wrongful imprisonment and four documentaries still don't put to rest the trials of the West Memphis Three.
"...overseeing the defense, and offered to anonymously pay for DNA tests and hire qualified expert pathologists. This led to..."

March 15, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Medical Examiner: Testimony Misconstrued in Rodney Reed Case
Explosive information filed in federal court
"...Jimmy Fennell, who is now in prison for the kidnap and sexual assault of a woman while on-duty as..."

Aug. 14, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

City Panel To Hear More on Yogurt Shop Murders
Former investigator takes issues with PSC member's comments
"...Springsteen's and Scott's convictions. And after previously undetected male DNA that does not belong to any of the suspects..."

May 25, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott's Road to the Stars
This film is a behind-the-scenes document of Richard Garriott's quest to be the first second-generation astronaut in space and the actual journey.
"...off from the interview with “good luck getting my DNA to space" – a cryptic aside for anyone not..."

Jan. 20, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Sticking to His Guns on the Wrong Guy
Former sheriff's sergeant doesn't help WilCo's case of justice gone awry
"...25 years in prison for the crime – which DNA evidence taken from a bandana found near the crime..."

Nov. 25, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

A Stay for Skinner
Hank Skinner was scheduled to die this week
"...evidence from the crime scene in order to conduct DNA testing that could prove his innocence or guilt. The..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
This week, a criminal justice round-up
"...a North Austin yogurt shop, prosecutors are still testing DNA evidence to try to link a suspect to the..."

Dec. 10, 2010 News Feature

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...to get access to evidence never before subjected to DNA testing. Skinner denies responsibility for the 1993 murders of..."

May 28, 2010 News Feature

The Junk Science Conundrum
Legislators ponder how to keep questionable forensics out of the courtroom
"...to determine whether a particular science – anything from DNA to dog – has achieved "general acceptance" by the..."

Jan. 22, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Yogurt Shop Saga
Springsteen and Scott are free men – for now
"...to dismiss the cases is last year's discovery of DNA – from an unknown man – inside the youngest..."

Nov. 6, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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