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Appeals Court Upholds Death Sentence:  DNA evidence which helped convict a Texas man of capital murder was also cited by the state's Court of Criminal Appeals to uphold his death sentence.  Clare Osborn of the American Statesman reports that the 1980 rape and murder of 73-year-old Mildred McKinney was unsolved until modern DNA testing of items found at the crime scene resulted in a match to habitual criminal Steven Thomas.  Other evidence included Thomas's fingerprint on the alarm clock next to the bed where the victim was raped, beaten, and strangled to death.  Thomas was working for the pest control company hired by the victim when he cased her house and decided to rob it.  The case was cracked when his sperm was found on tape used to restrain the woman.  The court's decision noted that the coroner, who had performed 15,000 autopsies, testified that the victim's injuries were the worst he had ever seen.

Illegal Charged in Fatal DUI Crash:  A twice-deported illegal alien from Guatemala has been charged with causing the deaths of  NFL linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffery Monroe last Sunday.  The Associated Press reports that Manuel Orrego-Savala had been deported in 2007 and 2009, and had been convicted of drunk driving in California in 2005.  He had numerous convictions and arrests in both California and Indiana.  On Sunday, Orrego-Savala was driving drunk when he hit both victims on Interstate 70 in Indiana.  The county prosecutor criticized recent comments made by the President about the case and promised that Orrego-Savala's immigration status will have no bearing on the trial.  In spite of this, it's fairly clear that if this criminal had been unable to reenter the U.S. his two victims would still be alive.

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