Topic

dna testing

5 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Department of Justice

Familial DNA Testing For Identifying Killer in Indiana Murder/Rape Cases

I am petitioning on behalf of victims Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, who were brutally murdered in Delphi, Indiana on February 13, 2017, while out enjoying their day on a local hiking trail /and historic bridge area. Their killer has not been found. I know that their families cannot even begin to heal until their murderer is caught. We believe there is DNA evidence in their case that is not a match to anyone currently in law enforcement’s database.Familial DNA testing can identify relatives of the suspect in the state and national DNA database.   This can  allow the police to then narrow down the investigation and identify potential suspects. This method was recently used in California to identify the Golden State Killer via a genealogy website.  11 states use this method currently- which include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming and it is also used in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Supporting this petition could potentially allow this method to be used in cases such as Abby and Libby’s to assist in  identifying potential suspects when a match cannot be attained through traditional DNA testing.  I urge you to support this petition to allow Abby and Libby’s assailant to potentially be identified and brought to justice.  Allowing this test to be approved in IN will not only identify Abby and Libby’s killer, but help solve other unsolved murders in Indiana as well.

Meg Anders
12,964 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Nevada District Attorney Steven Wolfson, Tom Collins, Larry Brown, Lawrence Weekly, Mary Beth Scow, Chris Giunchigliani, Catherine M Cortez, Steven Wolson, Steve Sisolak

Allow DNA Testing for Kirstin Blaise Lobato

Kirstin Blaise Lobato is an innocent woman stuck in prison while evidence in her case goes untested for DNA. In 2002 at 19 years old, Kirstin was convicted for the murder and sexual assault of a homeless man named Duran Bailey in Las Vegas. But there was no physical evidence tying Kirstin to the crime and the evidence that was tested for DNA actually excluded her. There were four identifiable crime scene fingerprints - none matched Kirstin’s. A bloody shoe print was found next to the body and a footprint expert testified that it came from a “U.S. men’s size 9 athletic shoe.” Pubic hair found on the victim was tested for DNA and the results excluded both Blaise and the victim as the hair’s source. Multiple people testified that Kirstin was nearly 200 miles away from Las Vegas at the time of the crime. What happened to Kirstin could happen to anyone. But now, Kirstin has the opportunity to prove her innocence if Clark County District Attorney Stephen Wolfson makes two very reasonable decisions: to allow DNA testing of crime scene evidence and to not file any opposition to Kirstin’s appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. The Innocence Project, an organization whose DNA testing work has freed 292 innocent people from prison, has offered to pay to test and re-test 13 pieces of evidence related to the crime using the latest in DNA technology and Wolfson still won’t allow it. In addition to the DNA evidence, Kirstin has proven her innocence by way of her Habeas Corpus petition's new evidence grounds. If the State of Nevada District Attorney doesn't oppose her Appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, justice will finally be served and she can regain her life.Clark County District Attorney Stephen Wolfson has a chance to do the right thing and to seek true justice in the murder of Duran Bailey. Please sign this petition and ask District Attorney Wolfson to allow DNA testing of crime scene evidence and to not file any opposition to Kirstin’s appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Michelle Ravell
225,100 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Jason Chambers

Allow DNA testing that could prove innocence

Jamie Snow was wrongfully convicted in 2000 of a 1991 “cold case” murder and armed robbery of a gas station attendant in Bloomington, Illinois. Since his conviction, witnesses have recanted their testimony, his original lawyer went to jail for fraud, the first cop on the scene has discredited the “star witness” testimony, and an investigating detective has said Jamie’s Snow’s indictment was a mistake. While an innocent man remains in prison, there is DNA evidence from the case that has gone untested. For nearly 8 years, the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office has fought DNA testing in this case. The University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project has agreed to pay for all the DNA testing at no cost to McLean County taxpayers, but the State Attorney still refuses. Allow the Exoneration Project to pay for it, save the tax payer dollars, and let’s put an end to the cloud of doubt surrounding this case. If this crime had occurred today, there is no doubt the state would test every single piece of physical evidence collected from the crime scene. To date, there have been 337 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States – and Illinois has one of the highest DNA exoneration rates in the nation. Yet McLean County continues to show a pattern of opposing DNA testing. Many of these are cases were prosecuted under the same State Attorneys Office as Jamie Snow’s case and resulted in questionable convictions. At the time of the crime, fingerprints, blood evidence, and bullets were collected at the scene. To this day, these items have never been tested for DNA. We are asking Jason Chambers to allow testing for the following items: Fingerprints: Fingerprints were collected from the crime scene, none matched Jamie Snow. Today, the fingerprints can not only be run through the FBI fingerprint database, they can be tested for DNA. Bullets: Two bullets were retrieved from the victim. They should be tested not only for DNA, but can also be run through the FBI ballistics database in an effort to determine if they were linked to another crime. Clothing: There was a clear sign of struggle. We are asking that touch DNA testing be performed on the victim’s clothing to determine who struggled with him. Blood: In line with the signs of a struggle, there was blood evidence found underneath the counter that was identified as human blood. We would like to know the source of that “human blood.” Additional Discovery: We are also asking for additional discovery so that an expert can give further insight to the crime scene and the meaning of the physical evidence. Snow’s conviction was solely on the testimony of witnesses who have since been discredited, and jailhouse informants – who we now know were either under extreme pressure by police, or were seeking deals to testify. Snow’s original trial attorney would later go to prison for bilking an elderly woman of her life savings. Appellate Court Judge Knecht even admitted during oral arguments that Snow’s trial attorney was impaired: “this guy is a, is a alcoholic who has basically lost his life, lost his practice, and was mentally impaired. Not only is he an alcoholic, he has mental illness issues, and that these go back to dates preceding the trial.” We are asking you to please support Jamie Snow’s petition to test the DNA, and to join us in asking Mr. Chambers to discontinue using McLean County tax dollars to fight DNA testing. McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers has an opportunity to grant DNA testing. Please join us in asking Mr. Chambers to do the right thing. Thank you for signing. Please JOIN THE FIGHT TO FREE JAMIE SNOW! CFJS Website: http://www.FreeJamieSnow.comCFJS Facebook Site: http://www.facebook.com/freejamiesnowCFJS Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/freejamiesnowCFJS YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/freejamiesnow/playlists

Injustice Anywhere
63,026 supporters