Forensic News Round Up – 3/5/22

Mississippi Autopsy Backlog is Worst in U.S.

After Truitt Pace admitted to law enforcement that he beat and shot his wife, her family expected a swift conviction. The 34-year-old mother of three’s tiny frame was so bruised and traumatized that the funeral home suggested a closed casket. But as months went by, prosecutors told Marsha Harbour’s family they were waiting on a key piece of evidence: the medical examiner’s autopsy report.

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How forensic psychology finds the truth in unreliable memories

Providing strategies to support psychological welfare for victims and help prosecute offenders.

Share. Associate Professor Helen Paterson’s interest in working with witnesses and victims of crime emerged out of being a witness herself while in Sydney on exchange from the University of British Columbia.

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Ohio Governor Launches Crime Lab Efficiency Program

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a new plan to eliminate evidence-processing backlogs and increase the speed at which criminal evidence is analyzed in crime laboratories across the state.  

As part of DeWine’s new Ohio Crime Lab Efficiency Program, Ohio’s 14 certified crime laboratories will receive a combined total of $10 million to reduce and eliminate backlogs, increase overall lab efficiency, and decrease evidence processing time.

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Supreme Court to Hear DNA Appeal in Rodney Reed Case

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed, who claims untested crime-scene evidence will help clear him.

Reed was sentenced to death for the 1996 killing of 19-year-old Stacey Stites. Prosecutors say Reed raped and strangled Stites as she made her way to work at a supermarket in Bastrop, a rural community about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Austin.

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