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Focus on evidence during day 2 of Tatro threat hearing

Day two of the John Aston preliminary hearing focused around the evidence collected in the three incidents of threats against a Carson City judge.

Aston is being charged with disarming a firearm inside an occupied residence, arson in the 4th degree and aggravated stalking for several harassment incidents against Carson City Judge John Tatro. Aston is accused of shooting two rounds into Tatro’s front door, sending him a Christmas card with the note “You Will Die” inside, and attempting to ignite an incendiary device at the Tatro house.

The state brought in several witnesses from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office to establish the different evidence items that were present and collected from the shooting, death threats and attempted arson events allegedly committed by Aston.

Deputy Jarrod Adams testified to collecting the threatening Christmas card in December 2013.

“Kathy (Tatro) was very upset and Judge

Read more at: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/crime/focus-on-evidence-during-day-2-of-tatro-threat-hearing/

Focus on evidence during day 2 of Tatro threat hearing …

Day two of the John Aston preliminary hearing focused around the evidence collected in the three incidents of threats against a Carson City judge.

Aston is being charged with disarming a firearm inside an occupied residence, arson in the 4th degree and aggravated stalking for several harassment incidents against Carson City Judge John Tatro. Aston is accused of shooting two rounds into Tatro’s front door, sending him a Christmas card with the note “You Will Die” inside, and attempting to ignite an incendiary device at the Tatro house.

The state brought in several witnesses from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office to establish the different evidence items that were present and collected from the shooting, death threats and attempted arson events allegedly committed by Aston.

Deputy Jarrod Adams testified to collecting the threatening Christmas card in December 2013.

“Kathy (Tatro) was very upset and Judge

Read more at: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/crime/focus-on-evidence-during-day-2-of-tatro-threat-hearing/

Man Pleads Guilty To 1993 Killing After New Evidence Re-Opens Cold Case

A Florida man has pleaded guilty on Tuesday for a 1993 murder, and police are crediting the Oxygen show “Cold Justice” for the closure on the cold case.

Angelo E. Ruth, 61, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the death of Mattie Henry, 40, according to WINK News. Henry’s half-naked body was found in September 1993 near a recreational center. She suffered a gunshot wound to her head.

Fort Myers police said “Cold Justice” helped renew leads in the case. The forensic evidence and witness statements that the show brought out led to Ruth’s arrest in 2016.

Two years before Henry’s murder, Ruth took out a fraudulent life insurance policy on her, according to an ABC affiliate. Investigators with the show helped police confirm that Ruth forged Henry’s signature on the $100,000 life insurance policy, according to the Root. Then, publicity from the show allowed key witnesses to come forward, and

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/man-pleads-guilty-to-1993-killing-after-new-evidence-reopens-cold-case

Autopsies, evidence, footprints and more: Teens learn about police work through program

Unlike the popular “CSI” television shows or Hollywood movies, it doesn’t actually take two hours or less to solve a crime, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. 

This week, 16 youngsters from 12 to 17 years old are learning the ins and outs of police work at the department’s Teen Police Academy program, which is designed to give insight into the life of a law enforcement officer.

The training, which Officer Sam Gwo likened to a “fun, educational summer camp for kids,” had been around for years, took a hiatus and returned in 2016.

“We think it’s important in this day and age for kids to learn the details of police work because our past and present chiefs believe community policing should be a huge part of Santa Maria,” Gwo said. 

“So what better way to interact with the community than a program like this?” 

On Thursday, the kids learned about the painstaking steps behind

Read more at: http://lompocrecord.com/autopsies-evidence-footprints-and-more-teens-learn-about-police-work/article_c4529cd5-33d9-54be-8f2c-5ad9a0732d88.html

Colorado Springs crime lab helps turn evidence into convictions

Inside the Colorado Springs Police Department’s and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office’s Metro Crime Lab, forensics steal the show.

DNA is king.

“Because you can’t see it, we do a lot of testing to see if it’s there,” lab supervisor Shelley Weber said.

Dan McGuire demonstrates how a firearm is tested at the CSPD Crime Lab. A handgun would be placed inside a port and shots would be fire into a long water tank. McGuire is a Civilian Criminal Investigator with the CSPD. Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette) 

The best thing about DNA is it lingers.

Law enforcement agencies across the country in recent years have been touting solving decades-old cold cases because of microscopic evidence left on materials long forgotten in storage. Colorado Springs is no different.

Pubic hair and other material gathered by the original detectives following the 1976 rape and murder

Read more at: http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-crime-lab-helps-turn-evidence-into-convictions/article/1606739

Crime-scene investigator blamed for evidence errors had prior problems but returned to work


The Houston crime-scene investigator blamed for errors that could jeopardize dozens of criminal cases was investigated once before because of suspected mistakes, including shoddy work on two officer-involved shootings, according to an internal review released Thursday.

The results, compiled in a May 2016 report, led to additional forensics training and clearance for the investigator to return to work at the Houston Forensic Science Center, the independent crime lab that processes evidence for hundreds of cases each year.

The investigator’s mistakes came to light this week in a crime lab audit sent to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office that outlined issues with key evidence in 65 cases, including 26 homicides, five officer-involved shootings and six child deaths since 2015.

SLED’s flawed evidence tests in S.C. shootings, including Walter …

An ongoing audit at the state’s crime lab has revealed more than a year and a half of faulty testing of evidence in shootings, leaving attorneys across South Carolina to grapple with fallout that could disrupt prosecutions.

Scientifically flawed examinations of gunshot residue — which can show whether someone fired a gun — have been found in 34 cases from 13 of the 16 judicial circuits, according to documents obtained from the State Law Enforcement Division, defense lawyers and prosecutors. The preliminary findings prompted the recent resignation of the SLED laboratory analyst that the agency said was responsible.

One of the most widely watched state prosecutions is affected: the murder trial of the North Charleston police officer who shot Walter Scott. But the implications in Michael Slager’s case remain uncertain.

Elsewhere, attorneys are scrambling to determine whether convictions were influenced by false testimony from the analyst. They’re filing motions to delay trials and

Read more at: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/sled-s-flawed-evidence-tests-in-s-c-shootings-including/article_addbb05c-1093-11e7-9a44-cbbf7e7465d9.html