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Bond Reduction for Robert Springsteen Denied
Judge says more extensive vetting of evidence needed
"...jail pending retrial, concluding that the "complex area" of DNA science now involved in the 18-year-old murder case --..."

June 22, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

A Dose of Integrity for Texas Criminal Justice
The Court of Criminal Appeals has created an Integrity Unit – but can the CCA really be part of the solution when it's so much a part of the problem?
"...of Texas' prisons: Thirty inmates have been exonerated by DNA since 2000, 17 of whom were prosecuted by the..."

June 27, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...granted two pardons for innocence on Dec. 22 after DNA testing proved the two individuals were not guilty. Perry..."

Dec. 30, 2005 News Feature

To Your Health
Forteo, the new medication for osteoporosis
"...a new class of medications made possible by "recombinant DNA technology," and many more will follow. Recombinant DNA technology..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...Austin-based Texas Department of Public Safety DNA and serology lab supervisor Irma Rios has been hired..."

Oct. 17, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Nuts About Needles
"...Defender Service lawyers it would release biological evidence for DNA testing that Kutzner had requested for nearly a year..."

Aug. 30, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Raped Twice?: A Chronology
A timeline of the events in the Glore case
"...29, 2000: Kresta notes in the incident report that DNA found on Glore's underwear does not match DNA taken..."

Oct. 12, 2001 News Feature

Now Serving ... Time
Robert Conran sat down to dinner at Furr's, and walked out in handcuffs. After four years in prison on a shaky conviction, he's got a chance of parole -- then he faces deportation
"...Unfortunately, where DNA evidence has been crucial in recent years in exonerating..."

June 29, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Convicted for a murder he did not commit, Christopher Ochoa was freed in Austin thanks to the efforts of a project all the way in Wisconsin.
" a jailhouse post-conversion confession by the real murderer, DNA evidence, the Austin Police Department's willingness to re-open the..."

Feb. 2, 2001 News Feature by Michael King

Rerun at the D.A. Corral
Republican Shane Phelps challenges Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle for a second time, and seems to be trailing.
", Earle last week announced that a newly created DNA review board is reviewing 400 murder and sexual assault..."

Oct. 6, 2000 News Feature by Amy Smith

Natural Selection
Responding to market demands and consumer pressure, Whole Foods decides to banish genetically modified ingredients from its store-brand product lines.
"...comes to altering such life-giving structures as a vegetable's DNA. Predictably, defenders of genetic engineering counter that theirs is..."

Jan. 28, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

City Speeds Up Rape Kit Review
New contracts will expedite the process to clear rape kit backlog
"...years' worth of now-tested rape kits in the FBI's DNA database. Three firms will assist the Texas Dept. of..."

June 21, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Death Watch: What Evidence?
Juan Castillo set for execution on May 16
"...the robbery gone wrong, but forensic testing only revealed DNA evidence on one mask; it was found to contain..."

May 11, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Sexual Assault Advocates Demand Answers for Rape Kit Negligence
Group pens letter to mayor, police chief, city manager
"...the Department of Public Safety would both store APD’s DNA evidence and test what wasn’t sent over to private..."

March 1, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Norwood Found Guilty
Case closes on 1988 murder of Debra Baker
"...found at the scene of Baker's murder carried his DNA. That, pieced together with strands of DNA evidence found..."

Sept. 30, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Norwood Trial: Verdict – Guilty
Mark Norwood sentenced to life for the 1988 murder of Debra Baker
"...found at the scene of Baker’s murder carried his DNA. That, tied up along with strands of DNA evidence..."

Sept. 23, 2016 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Norwood Trial: Retracing the Morton Murder
Testimony admitted, attorneys begin deliberations on second killing
"...Baker’s murder, which took place two years after Morton’s. DNA was found linking Norwood to both crime scenes: in..."

Sept. 20, 2016 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Council: Don't Say I Told You So
FY 2017 budget passes after a three-day marathon
"...include the funding of eight positions in APD's new DNA lab, which is due to reopen in February. Austin..."

Sept. 16, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Norwood Proceedings Slated for Monday Start
Accused killer in 1988 murder of Debra Baker prepares for second trial
"...been originally convicted for that murder, connected previously unpresented DNA evidence from the Morton crime scene (a bloody bandanna)..."

Sept. 9, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Death Watch: Executing Texas' Law of Parties
Jeff Wood never killed anybody; Robert Pruett may not have either. Why does the state want to put them both to death?
"...death, Pruett received a 60-day reprieve to allow touch DNA testing on the disciplinary report, a science not available..."

Aug. 12, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Appeals Court Stays Rodney Reed's Execution
After new forensic evidence, death row inmate's execution delayed
"...of semen found in Stites’ vagina back to Reed’s DNA. But, in addition to a number of other inconsistencies..."

Feb. 23, 2015 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Bill of the Week
Senate Bill 487: Ellis files bill to help convicted receive new DNA tests
"...paperwork may say "an act relating to postconviction forensic DNA analysis," but if the name weren't already taken, it..."

Feb. 20, 2015 News Column by Richard Whittaker

Rape Victim Believes Rodney Reed Is Innocent
Tells story of being raped by murder victim's former fiancé
"...In 2007, then Georgetown PD Sgt. Jimmy Fennell, Jr., kidnapped a 20-year-old woman he'd encountered while on duty and..."

April 30, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

"...request by death row inmate Larry Swearingen to conduct DNA testing on a length of pantyhose used to strangle..."

Feb. 14, 2014 News Feature

Hair Analysis: The Root of the Evidence Problem
Texas takes on first-in-the-nation statewide case review
" the 1980s and 1990s, before the rise of DNA testing...."

Jan. 13, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Former DA Anderson Pleads Guilty to Withholding Evidence in Morton Case
Will do a turn in jail and surrender his law license
"...nearly 25 years behind bars before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2011. After Morton was released from prison..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Letters at 3AM: Just Since April
Secret surveillance efforts fly in the face of our Constitution
"...June 3: "Justices Allow DNA Collection After an Arrest." Justice Antonin Scalia dissented vigorously:..."

Aug. 23, 2013 Column by Michael Ventura

"...a 1998 murder in Montgomery County, was finally offered DNA testing in his case, but it comes with strings..."

Feb. 1, 2013 News Feature

Human Remains Found in East Austin
Police say making an ID could take a while
" the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office for examination. DNA and dental records must be made before officials can..."

Dec. 19, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

The View From Death Row
Next week's scheduled execution, plus the latest on the Rodney Reed case
"...If he can't prove a prior affair, then the DNA found in her connects him to her in death,..."

Oct. 5, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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