Monday, February 15, 2010

Arrest that Cheeseburger!

Without suspect, authorities charge DNA before statute of limitations expires - "Sitting frozen in the Kansas City crime lab is a partially gnawed piece of candy.

Police and prosecutors said someone spit it out years ago after he broke in and then damaged several classrooms in a local school. They’ve yet to lock up anyone for the crime, and the statute of limitations has long expired.

But here’s the thing. The candy contained a man’s DNA.

So prosecutors charged that DNA."

1 comment:

Deb said...

I understand this is quite common in rape cases where there is DNA but no suspect. The "John Doe with X-DNA" is charged so that if a suspect is eventually found, the statute of limitations does not apply.