Ohio Supreme Court Orders Review of Akron, Ohio Murder Case
The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the review of the case of a former Akron police detective who was convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 1998. The court ordered a determination to be made on whether or not new DNA testing could detect information that previous testing could not. What is at issue is whether new DNA tests could reveal the presence of another male’s DNA in the bite marks left on the victim.
This is an important decision because DNA testing methods have advanced so much over the past few years. The new testing methods are both more sensitive and more accurate. The modern criminal defense lawyer must have a basic working knowledge of DNA testing in order to vigorously defend those accused of crimes, such as rape and murder, where DNA testing is often prevalent.