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Colo. Shooter to Submit DNA and Palm Print: The Associated Press reports Dark Knight shooter James Holmes was ordered Tuesday to submit a palm print and DNA sample to authorities by Arapahoe County Judge William B. Sylvester in Colorado. The print will be compared with a print found on the inside of the Aurora theater exit door Holmes allegedly entered through before opening fire on movie-goers, killing 12 and wounding 58. The DNA sample will be compared to other evidence collected at the scene.

DNA Links Dead US Prisoner to BC Kidnapping, Killing: Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley of CNN headlines reports that authorities announced Tuesday that Bobby Jack Fowler was linked by DNA evidence to the 1974 kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old girl in British Columbia.  Fowler had died in 2006 while serving a sentence in an Oregon prison for a violent attack on a woman in 1995. Fowler is suspected of the murders of two teenage girls in Oregon from 1995. He is also a person of interest in a 1992 double homicide in Oregon and in nine of the 18 open cases of missing girls in Canada from 1969-1995.

Newspapers Sue to view PA Execution:  Two Pennsylvania newspapers have filed suit to force state corrections to allow them to view the entire execution of murderer Terrance Williams next week.  Amy Worden of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that her paper and the Patriot News in Harrisburg have asked a federal judge to keep the curtain open so that reporters can watch the state's first execution in 13 years, arguing that by limiting what witnesses see to only the administration of the the lethal drugs, the state is violating their constitutional rights.  Williams, an habitual criminal, received the death sentence for murdering Amos Norwood in 1984.  Patriot News writer Donald Gilliland reports that a few months earlier, prior to his 18th birthday, Williams murdered 50-year-old Herbert Hamilton.  In both cases Williams was engaged in a sexual relationship with his victims.   

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