Forensic Magazine

AI Could Now Solve Gun Murders

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:18
NewsForensic scientists have shown investigative work on gun crimes can be done using machine learning. This allows experts to predict the original "ingredients" of ammunition from the gunshot residue left behind on surfaces, such as spent cases, wounds, and potentially the shooter’s hands. Contributed Author: King's College LondonTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

MSU Forensic Entomologist Helping to Solve Cold Case

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:09
NewsIn an attempt to solve a cold case for an episode of the TV series "Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice," investigators and the show’s producers contacted Eric Benbow, an entomology professor and forensic entomologist.Contributed Author: Michigan State UniversityTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

Woman, Testifying Against El Chapo, Details Affair

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:01
NewsLucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, who says she had an affair with the notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, testified against him on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at his U.S. trial in New York.Contributed Author: Tom Hays, Associated PressTopics: Witness Testimony
Categories: Law Enforcement

Judge Acquits 3 Chicago Officers of Laquan McDonald Cover-up

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:54
NewsA judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager's death that led to protests, a federal investigation of the police department and the rare murder conviction of an officer.Contributed Author: Don Babwin and Michael Tarm, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

9 Dead in Car Bombing at Police Academy in Colombia Capital

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:42
NewsAt least nine people were killed and dozens more injured in a car bombing at a heavily guarded police academy in Colombia's capital on Thursday, recalling the high-profile attacks associated with the bloodiest chapters of the country's drug-fueled guerrilla conflict.Contributed Author: Cesar Garcia, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Virtual Case Notes: NSA Will Release Free ‘GHIDRA’ Tool to Unravel Malware Code

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:36
NewsA reverse engineering program once available only to government officials will soon be released publicly, and cybersecurity experts could use it to help them better understand the inner workings of malware. Staff Author: Laura FrenchTopics: Cybersecurity
Categories: Law Enforcement

Chicago Awaits 2 Historic Hearings in Fatal Police Shooting

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:22
NewsThree Chicago police officers will learn this week whether a judge thinks they lied about the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald to protect another white officer who shot the black teenager 16 times. That officer, meanwhile, will learn how long he may spend in prison.Contributed Author: Don Babwin, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Robert Durst Defense: Evidence Could Be 'Game Over' for Heir

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:15
NewsNew York real estate heir Robert Durst is charged with one count of murder, but will have to defend himself in three killings at trial later this year in California.Contributed Author: Brian Melley, Associated PressTopics: Witness Testimony
Categories: Law Enforcement

3 Months After Deadly NY Crash, NTSB Has Yet to Inspect Limo

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:04
NewsMore than three months after 20 people died in a stretch limousine crash in rural upstate New York, federal safety investigators have yet to get their hands on the most crucial piece of evidence: the wrecked vehicle itself.Contributed Author: Mary Esch, Associated PressTopics: Evidence Collection
Categories: Law Enforcement

Sarah Stern Murder Not the First 'No-Body' Homicide Case to Go to Trial

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:49
NewsAs the trial in Monmouth County in the murder of Sarah Stern approaches, the victim’s whereabouts are still unknown. But this won’t be the first time a homicide prosecution will move forward in Monmouth County or in New Jersey without a body.Contributed Author: Kathleen Hopkins, Asbury Park PressTopics: Witness Testimony
Categories: Law Enforcement

Secondary Transfer of Organic Gunshot Residue After Handshakes, Arrests

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:31
NewsOrganic gunshot residues can be transferred through weapons handling, handshakes and arrests, according to new trials undertaken by a Swiss and Australian team and published in the journal Science and Justice. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Prosecutor: Drug Maker Pushed OxyContin Despite Danger Signs

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:03
NewsA member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday.Contributed Author: Alanna Durkin Richer and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated PressTopics: Toxicology
Categories: Law Enforcement

DA's Office Announces New Cold Case Homicide Investigation Unit in Lancaster County

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:57
NewsDozens of unsolved homicides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania will get a closer look under a new investigative unit, the county's district attorney's office announced Tuesday.Contributed Author: Lindsey Blest, LancasterOnlineTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Cybersecurity System Evolves as It Watches and Learns From Would-be Hackers

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:49
NewsTo “hack” a hacker, engineering and cybersecurity experts created a system that often deploys honeypots, shadow systems that appear to be legitimate parts of the grid but that actually divert, trap and quarantine malicious actors.Contributed Author: Rebecca Jones, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityTopics: Cybersecurity
Categories: Law Enforcement

Illinois Man Receives Posthumous Clemency in Stabbing Case

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:38
NewsJust days before he left office, former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner granted posthumous clemency to a man imprisoned for a stabbing that a serial killer later confessed to committing.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Exonerations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Defendant in Deadly Store Attack Accused in Earlier Assault

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:35
NewsA man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store in November was charged Monday with sexually assaulting another woman two months earlier.Contributed Author: Jim Salter, Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

China Executes Thousands of People Every Year. But the Exact Number is a State Secret.

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:33
NewsIn its most recent report, Amnesty International explained that the number of executions carried out in China is considered a state secret by its government. Amnesty also suggested that there were possibly “thousands of executions carried out in China” in 2017 — far more than in any other country.Contributed Author: Adam Taylor, The Washington PostTopics: Death Penalty
Categories: Law Enforcement

Prosecutor: Call Grand Juries for Wyoming Police Shootings

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:22
NewsGrand juries should be standard practice for determining guilt in officer-involved shootings in Wyoming, said a prosecutor who convened Wyoming’s first grand jury in years to examine whether a sheriff’s deputy was justified in the fatal shooting an unarmed, mentally ill man after a traffic stop.Contributed Author: Mead Gruver, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Research Finds Serious Problems With Forensic Software

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:03
NewsNew research finds significant flaws in recently released forensic software designed to assess the age of individuals based on their skeletal remains. The researchers report that, on average, the software’s age estimates are off by more than 14 years.Contributed Author: North Carolina State UniversityTopics: Forensic Anthropology
Categories: Law Enforcement

Complaint: Kidnapping Suspect Kept Wisconsin Girl Under Bed

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:57
NewsFor nearly three months, prosecutors say, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was forced to hide in a 2½-foot space beneath her kidnapper's bed, going without food, water or a bathroom for hours, too terrified to flee from a man she knew had fatally shot both of her parents.Contributed Author: Amy Forliti and Todd Richmond, Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement