Modern DNA technology has allowed law enforcement officials to reexamine cold cases that have sometimes been collecting dust for decades. This was recently the situation in Louisiana, when DNA testing on a 28-year-old murder case led to the arrest of a former exotic dancer and her ex-boyfriend. These individuals have been charged with multiple crimes and must now be prepared to present a thorough and experienced criminal defense for their impending trial.
The incident occurred in 1984 after a Baton Rouge man and his car went missing. He was last seen leaving a nightclub with the female suspect. His car was later located in Metairie with blood stains in the trunk. When detectives searched the apartment of the exotic dancer and her then boyfriend, they found more blood and evidence of a struggle. Further investigation turned up the female suspect’s diary, which outlined plans to kill the victim.
The two suspects were taken into custody at that time and charged with murder. However, the case was eventually dropped due to lack of evidence. The victim’s body was never found.
Recently, DNA technology was used to test the blood stains in the car, which matched the victim’s DNA. Authorities have since taken the suspects into custody. Both are charged with robbery and criminal conspiracy, in addition to murder.
When a violent crime occurs, the accused are often judged harshly by the public before their guilt or innocence is proven. In Louisiana, individuals accused of even the most serious crimes are entitled to a fair trial before an impartial jury. Those who receive a comprehensive criminal defense may stand a better chance of getting the best possible outcome.
Source: ksla.com, “Cold Case: 2 suspects arrested in 28-year-old murder case,” Kiran Chawla, Dec. 3, 2012