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Arrestee DNA Solves Murder of 13-Year-Old Girl

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JessicaFunk.jpegIn March 2012, the body of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam was found in the dugout of a baseball field in a community park in Sacramento, California.  She had been beaten, choked, and stabbed in the neck.

On June 13 this year, the Supreme Court held in Maryland v. King that states may provide by law for the DNA testing of persons arrested on probable cause for a serious offense.

Recently, 23-year-old Ryan Douglas Roberts of Sacramento was arrested on charges not yet publicly released.  His DNA was obtained and tested, and it matched the evidence from the murder of Jessica.  He has been rearrested for murder.

CBS13, Sacramento, has this story.

This is why these cases are important.

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