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DNA Solves Very Old Murder

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(10/03/2005)

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DNA helped a sheriff solve an old murder. Someone killed an eleven year old girl almost 30 years ago. They could not prove who killed her until now.

The sheriff was able to get new DNA evidence from under the victim’s fingernails and from her clothing. That DNA matched the DNA of a man who died in prison three years ago. The man was put in jail because he was found guilty of killing a college professor in 1982.

The new evidence also linked this man to six other murders. It surprised everyone that this man killed the little girl. They thought that she was killed by a different man.

The man they thought killed the girl is currently in jail. He murdered three other young women around the same time the little girl was killed. He will be in jail for the rest of his life.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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