Thursday, January 18, 2007

Cold Case Hits in Iowa

It is reported today in the Register that a Des Moines man was arrested and charged with the murder of Karen Weber of Colfax back in 1986. Martin Duffy's DNA was taken and added to a state database which logs the DNA profiles of convicted felons. A comparison of DNA from cold cases led to the match and the arrest of Duffy, who is now lodged in the Jasper County jail awaiting trial.

A previous cold case hit from the DNA database program occurred in January with the arrest of a Prairie City man in connection with an 11 year old rape and kidnaping case involving the abduction of a 13 year old girl.

These are all interesting developments. It's a big step forward in demonstrating to those who seek to practice the criminal arts that they can run but they can't hide. It's also a big step forward in getting justice for the victims of such terrible offenses.


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