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Faith in DNA: Arrest of Gary Schara in 1992 killing of Lisa Ziegert shows evolution of science in criminal …

Long before it would ever be used to identify a suspect in her daughter’s homicide, Dianne “Dee” Ziegert said she had faith in the evolving science of DNA.

In 1995, just three years after Lisa Ziegert was found slain in Agawam, the Springfield Morning Union, a predecessor of The Republican, ran a brief story about a $1,100 donation her parents made to the Agawam High School science department.

The money was used to purchase equipment for genetics classes to study the relatively new science of DNA.

Reminded of the donation this week shortly after it was announced that DNA evidence led investigators to charge Gary Schara, 48, of West Springfield with the abduction, rape and murder of Lisa Ziegert, Dianne Ziegert smiled.

She followed developments in DNA science over the years, and said she always had faith it would help solve her daughter’s homicide.

“With science, everything is modern and it always gets better,” she said. “Forensics

Read more at: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/09/gary_schara_ziegert_dna_evidence.html

Victim’s mother testifies in retrial of man accused of killing Knoxville pregnant woman

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The state has a big task at hand in the Norman Clark retrial. Prosecutors are trying to convince 12 jurors that Clark is a killer.

They say he’s the only person with a motive to kill Brittany Eldridge: she was having a baby that he didn’t want and it was a threat to his freedom.

On the other hand, the defense is advancing an argument that Eldridge’s death was a burglary gone bad, a narrative that was put to the test in day four of the retrial.

Previous story: Text messages take center stage in day 3 of Norman Clark retrial

“Unfortunately I think I’m going to have to take him to court to get any help from him financially,” Assistant DA Leslie Nassios read an entry from

Read more at: http://wate.com/2017/09/14/victims-mother-testifies-in-retrial-of-man-accused-of-killing-knoxville-pregnant-woman/

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

Deontae Young accused of killing dad on I-75 in Peach County | The …

An Alabama family of eight was on the way back from a Florida vacation when a feud between father and son allegedly led to homicide.

Daniel Lee Young, 40, of Birmingham, was riding in the front passenger seat of a rented Ford Expedition as his wife was driving through Peach County late Tuesday night, said J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the Perry investigative office of the GBI.

Young’s two adult sons, including Deontae Leqwan Young, 21, also of Birmingham, his three young daughters and his girlfriend were in the back of the SUV, Ricketson said.

Just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, 911 received a call about a person shot on Interstate 75 just past the Byron exit, near mile marker 151, which is in Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese’s jursidiction.

“(Deontae Young) and his family were coming through from Orlando and he and his father got into some sort of altercation,” Deese said

Read more at: http://www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article161735923.html

Family vacation ends with father dead, son jailed in I-75 killing

An Alabama family of eight was on the way back from a Florida vacation when a feud between father and son led to homicide.

Daniel Lee Young, 40, of Birmingham, was riding in the front passenger seat of a rented Ford Expedition as his wife was driving through Peach County late Tuesday night, said J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the Perry investigative office of the GBI.

Young’s two adult sons, including Deontae Leqwan Young, 21, also of Birmingham, his three young daughters and his girlfriend were in the back of the SUV, Ricketson said.

Just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, 911 received a call about a person shot on Interstate 75 just past the Byron exit, near mile marker 151, which is in Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese’s jursidiction.

“(Deontae Young) and his family were coming through from Orlando and he and his father got into some sort of altercation,” Deese said Monday

Read more at: http://www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article161735923.html

Girl, 15, arrested for killing mother, setting house on fire

July 16 (UPI) — A 15-year-old Illinois girl has been arrested for allegedly shooting her mother in the head and then setting the house on fire to destroy evidence of the crime.

Police in Morrison, Ill. said Anna Schroeder, 15, told her mother, Peggy Schroeder, to put a warm towel on her face as she sat in the living room. Peggy did so and Anna allegedly shot her mother in the head. She then texted a photo of her mother’s dead body to her friend, 15-year-old Rachel Helm, who came to the house to help clean the crime scene.

Taking a break from cleaning, the two girls decided to get a bite to eat at a nearby Subway. At that point, Anna learned that her father, Daryl Schroeder, was coming to town and she vomited on the restaurant floor, reported SaukValley.com. The pair then went to get more

Read more at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/07/16/Girl-15-arrested-for-killing-mother-setting-house-on-fire/7291500261867/

Closing Arguments Underway In Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing Wife

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Closing arguments were underway in the trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife and dumping her body in the Everglades.

Around noon, prosecution had wrapped their closing arguments and defense was starting their closings in the trial of Cid Torres.

Defense told the jury they are the checks and balances of the judicial system. They said that because his wife Vilet’s body was never found there is no definitive proof of exactly what happened to her. Nevertheless, prosecutors say they have plenty of evidence that Cid killed his wife.

“Cid Torrez was jealous, possessive, manipulative, selfish and has an ego that doesn’t even fit in this courthouse,” said prosecutor Lanie Bandell.

With his fate hanging in the balance, Cid held his hands together and kept his eyes fixed on the jury. He has said he is innocent did not take the stand during his

Read more at: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/07/13/cid-torrez-trial-florida/