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DNA Test Requested by Innocence Project Proves Murderer's Guilt:  Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says DNA testing confirms that Pennsylvania inmate Scott D. Oliver raped and strangled to death an 11-year-old girl in 1989, reports Riley Yates of The Morning Call (PA).  Oliver was sentenced to life in prison, but maintained his innocence and enlisted the help of the New York-based Innocence Project.  Attorneys last year requested further DNA testing in Oliver's case, which recently showed that his hair was found on the victim's body.  This is the second case in which the Innocence Project successfully petitioned for further DNA testing in Northampton County.  In November 2008, the group sought testing on behalf of Daniel Williams, convicted for kidnapping, raping, and murdering an eight-year-old girl in 1973.  The test showed that sperm in the girl's underwear was consistent with Williams' DNA.

Ted Bundy's DNA to be Added to National Database:  The AP reports the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will add a full DNA profile of serial killer Ted Bundy to the national FBI database, after investigators recently discovered a vial of Bundy's blood taken as evidence in 1978.  Previous forensic samples from Bundy had revealed only a partial profile.  Tim Haeck reports on MyNorthwest.com that detectives in Tacoma are hopeful that having Bundy's DNA sample in the system will lay to rest their oldest cold case murder, the 1961 death of eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr.  Bundy was 14 at the time, and Burr would likely have been his first victim. 

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in "Grim Sleeper" Case:  The Los Angeles District Attorney's office announced today that it will seek the death penalty against accused "Grim Sleeper" serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr.  Franklin has been charged with the murders of ten women in South L.A., with a 13-year gap between slayings.  But after police discovered photographs and identification cards of other women at Franklin's home, investigators now suspect Franklin was involved in the disappearance of eight additional women.  The L.A. Times has this story


It's sad that the killers (i.e., the ones whose guilt was confirmed by Innocence Project testing) decided to waste everyone's time and resources. Sometimes I wonder how many "innocent" people who have been released actually did it, e.g., Paul House.


What did he have to lose? Unless the world has gone completely crazy, he'll never be paroled. If the dna was inconclusive, he, his pal, Barry, and the MSM, could have bombarded us with fake claims of "another innocent man exonerated!"

We've had quite of few of these cases where guilt is confirmed by post-conviction DNA testing performed at the request of the inmate. I don't think it's a waste of time at all -- I think it's great that the tests confirm that we've got the right guy. I just wish all of the tests that confirm guilt received as much publicity as the much rarer cases where tests do not confirm guilt or result in exoneration, as the public currently has a false impression that DNA exonerations are the norm, rather than the rare exception.

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