The Atlanta Police Division is sending “deteriorated DNA” from the Atlanta Baby Murders that occurred 4 many years in the past to a non-public lab in Salt Lake Metropolis with the hope of figuring out a suspect within the slayings.
It comes after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former Police Chief Erika Shields introduced a brand new push in 2019 to re-examine proof within the 29 murders of Black kids and younger adults between 1979 and 1981.
“Contemplating the emergence of latest science and expertise associated to DNA testing, the Atlanta Police Division realized a possibility to re-evaluate proof from the Atlanta Baby Murders case,” the Atlanta Police Division mentioned in a assertion on Monday. “We recognized a non-public lab in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, that focuses on analyzing deteriorated DNA.”
Wayne Williams, 63, has lengthy been thought-about the principle suspect within the murders.
He was convicted in 1982 within the deaths of two younger adults who have been believed to be among the many 29 victims, and prosecutors provided proof on the trial of 10 different murders that he was suspected in.
Williams was sentenced to serve two life phrases in jail in 1982 and has maintained his innocence, however a number of makes an attempt at appeals have been denied.
Bottoms mentioned this week that investigators are touring to Salt Lake Metropolis to hand-deliver the DNA proof themselves.
“It’s my honest hope that there might be concrete solutions for the households,” she tweeted.
New expertise for DNA testing has solved decades-old chilly circumstances lately, akin to an 84-year-old Wisconsin man who was sentenced to 2 life phrases in August for a 1976 double murder; the current identification of a suspect within the 1989 rape and homicide of a 14-year-old woman in Las Vegas and the fixing this month of a 17-year-old Iowa woman’s homicide 5 many years in the past.