Broadened DNA law aids crime-solving, including cold cases
Anthony G. Vaughn, 41, is being held without bail in the Douglas County Correctional Center on five counts of first-degree sexual assault. The state DNA lab indicated a match between Vaughn's DNA — taken by a probation officer after a burglary conviction — and evidence collected from three Omaha rape victims. Subsequent comparisons at another DNA lab led to matches collected from two other Omaha women.
Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 am
The recent arrest of a suspected serial rapist illustrates the crime-fighting benefit of broadening Nebraska's law on collecting DNA from convicted felons, authorities say.
A year after the Nebraska State Patrol conducted a record 8,700 DNA tests on felons, it made an unprecedented 75 matches to the DNA database maintained by the FBI. That enabled the State Patrol to provide local law enforcement agencies in Nebraska and elsewhere with key information to solving outstanding crimes, some of which had long grown cold.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 am.