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Attorney General’s Office completes project to collect lawfully owed DNA from registered sex offenders
www.atg.wa.gov, May 10, 2022
"Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that his office completed its project to collect DNA samples from registered sex offenders in Washington who are legally required to provide their DNA but from whom a sample has never been collected or submitted to a lab for testing. This phase of the project resulted in 372 new DNA profiles entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a nationwide database. Eight out of the 372 newly entered sex offender DNA profiles resulted in a “hit,” meaning the offender’s profile matched DNA evidence already in the database."

Jackson man found guilty of sexual assaults dating back to 2014
mlive.com, May 10, 2022
"An initiative aiming to solve older sexual assault cases has led to the conviction of a Jackson man. Tyrone Demarcus Parker, 26, was found guilty Friday, May 6, of four charges relating to assault and sexual assault. He is set to appear before Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson for sentencing on June 16, according to court records. The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office was awarded a grant to expand the program in 2019, which led to further investigations related to previously untested sexual assault kits from various agencies in both Ingham and Jackson counties, officials said. SAKI was assisted in this investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department and Napoleon Police Department."

How finally testing a 2010 rape kit led to charges in New Bedford case
Audrey Cooney, heraldnews.com, May 6, 2022
"A rape kit that sat untested for 12 years provided a key clue for police in finding a suspect who is now being charged for his alleged role in a violent rape. "I am extremely pleased that our rape kit testing initiative has already resulted in indictments against this defendant for a cold case violent sexual assault committed more than a decade ago in New Bedford,"" Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn said in a statement."

Indianapolis hopes to address backlog of 6,600 sexual assault kits
Jasmine Minor, WISHTV, Apr 28, 2022
A federal grant and a better way to analyze DNA is allowing Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to address a backlog of 6,600 sexual assault kits, some dating back to 1995, IMPD says.

State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Releases Report Announcing Delaware Erases Rape Kit Backlog
Kathy McGuiness, news.delaware.gov/, Apr 28, 2022
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness announced today the release of a special report titled “Delaware Erases Rape Kit Backlog.” This report reviewed the State of Delaware’s use of federal grant funds provided by the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) for implementing best practices to clear the backlog of untested rape kits.

1989 Mesa cold case solved using advanced DNA and fingerprint tech; suspect arrested in Colorado with the assistance of SAKI funds for genealogy
Stephanie Bennett, Fox 10 Phoenix, Apr 26, 2022
"A cold case is now solved after more than three decades and a Mesa man has been arrested for the alleged murder of a young woman. 22-year-old Susan Amy Morse was found dead in her apartment near Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue back in 1989. The FBI and MPD arrested Thomas Cox for violent crimes he allegedly committed over 30 years ago. Using advanced DNA and fingerprint technologies, Cox was identified as the suspect in two separate cases. ""We just constantly look for stuff. When there’s new technology or new techniques on how to identify a suspect or examine evidence we buy into that, and we re-examine the evidence as the years go on and in this particular case it worked out dramatically,"" said MPD Sgt. Chuck Trapani."

Missouri officials say they’re making progress in clearing the backlog of 7,000 untested evidence kits in sexual assault cases
Sarah Fentem, news.stlpublicradio.org/, Apr 4, 2022
"For more than three years, Missouri officials have been finding, tracking and testing the state’s backlog of thousands of the unaccounted-for kits. The state has sent 3,298 kits to labs for DNA testing, Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Monday. Nearly half of the kits officials sent for testing have been returned. Of those, 500 had enough DNA evidence to be uploaded into the federal FBI’s criminal database. Of the 500 uploads into the database, there have been 201 matches. Because of those matches, prosecutors have charged three suspects with rape."

A Dane County judge sentenced a man whose DNA tied him to five sexual assaults between 2008 and 2014 to 10 years in prison
Ed Treleven, Wisconsin State Journal, Mar 31, 2022
"Calling him a “serial sexual predator,” a Dane County judge sentenced a man whose DNA tied him to five sexual assaults between 2008 and 2014 to 10 years in prison, atop the sentence he’s already serving for one of those rapes. Mariono L. Weaver, 51, who is serving a 12-year prison sentence for the 2014 rape of a woman on Madison’s South Side, was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of extended supervision for each of two cases in which Weaver pleaded guilty in February to third-degree sexual assault. Weaver was identified as a suspect in the 2010 cases after his DNA turned up during an effort by the state Department of Justice to process a backlog of untested rape kits."

Man Arrested In 20-Year-Old Cold Case Rapes Using DNA, Genetic Genealogy
Megan Carpentier, oxygen.com, Mar 21, 2022
"Kenneth Downing, 47, was arrested on Thursday at his job site in Spokane at the behest of the police in Pullman, Washington — about 75 miles south of Spokane — the Pullman Police Department said in a statement. He is currently facing four counts of first-degree rape, three counts of assault in the second degree with a finding of sexual motivation, three counts of unlawful imprisonment, one count of indecent liberties using force and two counts of first-degree burglary, according to Whitman County Jail records. They said that they used the DNA evidence to develop a genetic profile of the attacker and, with funding received from the Washington State Attorney General's Office's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, used a genetic genealogy company to connect the DNA from the crime scenes to Downing, KREM reported."

Serial Rapist pleads guilty to string of Dekalb cold case secual assaults
Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney, Mar 16, 2022
"A Decatur man charged in a string of cold case rapes in DeKalb County has pleaded guilty to the crimes. During court proceedings on Friday, March 11th, Dionte Mapp, 39, pleaded guilty as indicted to Kidnapping (three counts), Rape (three counts), Aggravated Sodomy (two counts), and Aggravated Assault (two counts) in connection with sexual assault crimes against three women dating back to 2006 and the violent assault of a fourth woman in 2015 that led to a break in the previous cases."