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World California man convicted of murder 15 years ago is finally free after newly tested DNA evidence combined with use of genealogy sites that caught the Golden State Killer leads cops to find and arrest the 'REAL KILLER' who was a kid at the time of the mur

10:51  14 february  2020
10:51  14 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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15 years ago could finally be exonerated after newly tested DNA evidence combined with use of genealogy databases that caught the Golden State Killer is expected to reveal the real killer . Davis will finally be exonerated of Hylton's murder as genealogy testing has helped police track

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  California man convicted of murder 15 years ago is finally free after newly tested DNA evidence combined with use of genealogy sites that caught the Golden State Killer leads cops to find and arrest the 'REAL KILLER' who was a kid at the time of the murder © ASSOCIATED PRESS Ricky Davis has been behind bars for 14 years for a crime he didn't commit, after he was sentenced in 2005 to 16 years to life for the 1985 murder of Jane Hylton, who had been stabbed 29 times.

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The Golden State Killer is a serial killer , serial rapist, and burglar who committed at least 13 murders , more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986.

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a drawing of a person: Ricky Davis (above)© Provided by Daily Mail Ricky Davis (above) Davis finally won his freedom Thursday when a judge threw out his second-degree murder conviction in an emotional court hearing in Placerville, where it was revealed that police had tracked down and arrested the 'real killer' by running the suspect's DNA profile through genealogy websites.

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In the year since the arrest of the Golden State Killer , investigative genetic genealogy has emerged as the most powerful crime-fighting tool since DNA itself.Justin Sullivan/Getty He just wants the families of genealogy enthusiasts to enjoy the same protections as the families of convicted criminals.

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The new suspect called Michael Green was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Roseville, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced in a press conference after the court hearing Thursday.

Using genetic genealogy, unknown male DNA found on the victim was identified as belonging to Green - one of the three boys that Hylton's 13-year-old daughter Autumn Anker met in a park the night her mother was murdered, said Pierson.

He added that the suspect was a juvenile when the crime took place.

a close up of a woman smiling for the camera: Jane Hylton (above)© Provided by Daily Mail Jane Hylton (above)

Hylton, a 54-year-old newspaper columnist for the Foothills Times, was found stabbed to death in the home in El Dorado Hills that she shared with Autumn, Davis, then 20, and Davis' girlfriend Connie Dahl, 19.

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She had a bite mark on her left shoulder and her body appeared to have been moved.

The 1985 case went unsolved for 14 years before investigators said DNA evidence - and Dahl's incriminating confession - tied Davis to the slaying back in November 1999.

He was charged with her murder and convicted in 2005.

A judge overturned Davis' conviction back in April, after newly-tested evidence found DNA from an unknown male on the victim's nightgown and under her fingernails.

Davis was kept behind bars while awaiting a retrial.

a group of people standing in a room: Davis finally won his freedom Thursday when a judge threw out his second-degree murder conviction in an emotional court hearing in Placerville (above), where it was revealed that police had tracked down and arrested the 'real killer' by running the suspect's DNA profile through genealogy websites© Provided by Daily Mail Davis finally won his freedom Thursday when a judge threw out his second-degree murder conviction in an emotional court hearing in Placerville (above), where it was revealed that police had tracked down and arrested the 'real killer' by running the suspect's DNA profile through genealogy websites He will now walk free later today as genealogical testing led police to identify the real killer and solve the 35-year-old crime.

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Pierson said new DNA evidence had led his office to reopen the case and that they were 'very confident Mr. Davis was wrongfully accused and convicted of this crime.'

Pierson also told the court Thursday that Dahl's confession, which was critical to Davis' conviction, was 'what I would characterize as an aggressive, confession-driven interrogation.'

El Dorado Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melekian told Davis Thursday that he is now 'factually innocent' of the murder.

'We don't do this very often,' Melekian said, adding that Davis is entitled to seek compensation for his wrongful conviction.

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According to The Sacramento Bee, Davis thanked the judge and hugged his family members who had joined him in court.

WHAT IS GENETIC GENEALOGY?

In the past year, investigators across the country have embraced genetic genealogy, a DNA-dependent forensic technique that identifies suspects through their relatives.

The technique involves cross-referencing the DNA profile of an unidentified suspect with public databases containing DNA from users who've submitted samples to consumer companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com to explore their family tree and get informed about potential genetic health concerns.

Genetic genealogy gained notoriety through decades-old cold cases like the Golden State Killer, and police are now using it on fresh cases as well.

While many are excited by what genetic genealogy means for the future of forensic investigations, others have expressed concerns about genetic privacy and policy procedures.

The exonerated man is expected to walk out of jail today after paperwork is completed.

Pierson revealed the identity of the new suspect Michael Green, after the new DNA evidence was matched to the alleged killer by using genealogy websites.

He said authorities had discovered that Davis was 'wrongfully convicted' and had identified the new suspect as a product of 'science-based interviews and genetic genealogy'.

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Pierson said that the male DNA found on the victim's nightgown and under her fingernails had been identified as belonging to one of the three boys that Autumn had encountered that night.

  California man convicted of murder 15 years ago is finally free after newly tested DNA evidence combined with use of genealogy sites that caught the Golden State Killer leads cops to find and arrest the 'REAL KILLER' who was a kid at the time of the murder © AP The victim's daughter had met the three teenage boys earlier that night at a park.

She went back to the house, took a shower and changed and told her mom she was going to someone else’s house when she was actually meeting the three boys, Pierson said.

The male DNA matched that of Michael Green, who is now in custody.

One of the other males, known as Calvin, is deceased.

The third individual Steven was located and interviewed Wednesday by authorities.

Steven is being treated as 'not a participant' but a 'witness to the somewhat immediate aftermath', Pierson said.

He added that prosecutors don’t believe Autumn was present during the attack and confirmed that she is not a person of interest in the case.

Autumn had told authorities at the time of the murder that she had met the three boys - who she named as Michael Green, Calvin and Steven or Brian - that night at the park.

But when authorities tracked down an individual called Michael Green and asked if he had been with her that night, he denied it and Autumn was ‘made to appear as though she was lying’, Pierson said.

Officers had in fact located the ‘wrong Michael Green’, he said.

a group of people sitting at a desk in front of a computer: A new suspect called Michael Green was arrested Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors announced in a press conference after the court hearing Thursday (above)© Provided by Daily Mail A new suspect called Michael Green was arrested Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors announced in a press conference after the court hearing Thursday (above) a man standing in front of a monitor© Provided by Daily Mail

Hylton's mutilated body was found in the Sacramento home on July 7 1985. She had been stabbed 29 times.

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Hylton had moved into the house just one day before her murder, because of marital problems she was having with her husband Archie Hylton.

Davis, Dahl and Autumn were all at the scene, deputies said.

Davis and Dahl claimed they found the victim dead in an upstairs bedroom and called 911.

They told officers at the time that they had gone to a party the night before and had returned home at around 3:30am to find Autumn waiting outside for them, saying she was worried she would be told off by her mom for staying out late.

They said they then entered the property together to find the gruesome scene.

The only other key suspect at the time was Hylton's estranged husband who was questioned and cleared after he had a solid alibi.

The day after the brutal murder, Dahl gave a reporter a tour of the crime scene, showing them 'a bloody hand print on the wall' and 'where she believes the body must have been laid as if asleep is the way she describe it', the reporter said.

a man looking at the camera: Genetic genealogy is a DNA-dependent forensic technique that identifies suspects through their relatives. It was used to catch Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr (above)© Provided by Daily Mail Genetic genealogy is a DNA-dependent forensic technique that identifies suspects through their relatives. It was used to catch Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr (above) a man standing in front of a crowd: DeAngelo, 74, was finally arrested in April 2018 for at least 50 rapes and 12 murders across California dating back as far as 1975© Provided by Daily Mail DeAngelo, 74, was finally arrested in April 2018 for at least 50 rapes and 12 murders across California dating back as far as 1975

CATCHING THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER

A former police officer is currently awaiting trial accused of being the notorious Golden State Killer who went on a rampage raping and murdering victims across California in the 1970s and 1980s.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74, was arrested by a team of federal and local law agents in front of his house in April 2018 after the crimes went unsolved for decades.

Detectives finally traced the spate of rapes and murders to DeAngelo using genealogy testing.

Paul Holes, an investigator who worked on the case for years, has spoken out about how the new DNA-dependent forensic testing, has told how he took DNA from the crime scenes and entered profile into genealogy database GEDmatch, where members of the public upload genealogical data when trying to trace their family tree.

More than 100 users matched the culprit as a distant relative and detectives contacted some of the people to narrow down who the Golden State Killer could have been.

DeAngelo's name cropped up in the pool of suspects last week and he was found to also be a match to existing evidence from the investigation, authorities said.

DeAngelo's name had not previously been on the radar of law enforcement for the crimes.

'This investigation lasted over 40 years, but with this course of DNA testing and matching, it took us only four months to get to the right pool of people,' Holes told CNN at the time. 'This guided us to the right pool of people without having to ruffle the sensibilities of a whole lot of people.'

The evidence has now linked him to 13 murders and more than 50 rapes across the state.

DeAngelo would allegedly sneak into suburban homes at night.

If a couple was home, he would tie up the man, place dishes on his back and threaten to kill both victims if he heard the plates fall while he raped the woman.

He would then ransack the house, taking souvenirs, notably coins and jewellery before fleeing on foot or bicycle, authorities said.

DeAngelo, who served in the Navy, was a police officer in Exeter, in the San Joaquin Valley, from 1973 to 1976, at a time a burglar known as the Visalia Ransacker was active.

DeAngelo was fired from the Auburn department in 1979 after being arrested for stealing a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drug store, according to Auburn Journal articles from the time. He was convicted of the theft and fined 100 US dollars.

Ten killings occurred after he was fired and all took place in Southern California.

California prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against him if he is found guilty.

When cold case detectives reopened the case in 1999 and questioned Dahl, she testified against her ex-boyfriend in a deal that saw her being given the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Dahl told a jury that Davis had wanted Autumn to come to the party with them but Hylton refused to let her go.

She said that she and Hylton had gotten into a struggle where she had 'accidentally' bitten the victim.

She claimed she then went outside the home while Davis continued the attack that ended in Hylton's brutal death.

Dahl also alleged that the victim's daughter Autumn helped move her mother's body.

Dahl was sentenced to just one year in county jail for her alleged involvement and died in 2014.

Davis always denied any involvement in the crime, maintaining that he and Dahl were at the party when the murder took place.

The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) began investigating the case in 2006.

Zodiac Killer, Zodiac Killer are posing for a picture: Authorities are now using genealogy sites to track down the infamous Zodiac Killer. A composite San Francisco police circulated in 1969 of the Bay Area killer (above)© Provided by Daily Mail Authorities are now using genealogy sites to track down the infamous Zodiac Killer. A composite San Francisco police circulated in 1969 of the Bay Area killer (above) Recent testing revealed that DNA found under the victim's fingernails and on her nightgown in the area of Dahl's alleged bite mark belonged to none of the three alleged accomplices.

It also refuted Dahl's confession that she had bitten the victim.

The DNA was also not a match for Archie Hylton, the victim's husband.

A judge reversed Davis' murder conviction on April 15 2019 after lawyers for NCIP argued that 'had the original jury heard the DNA results, it would have likely reached a different outcome.'

The El Dorado County District Attorney announced the latest developments in the case Thursday morning.

Authorities said in a press conference that exonerating the innocent man and finding the real murderer had only been possible by using genetic genealogy.

'This is the first case in California where genetic genealogy has not only led to the freeing of an individual from prison for a crime he did not commit but the identification of the true source and the arrest of the individual who did it,' officials said.

a group of people posing for a photo: Betty Lou Jensen, David Faraday and Darlene Ferrin (left to right) are alleged to be victims of the Zodiac Killer© Provided by Daily Mail Betty Lou Jensen, David Faraday and Darlene Ferrin (left to right) are alleged to be victims of the Zodiac Killer Genetic genealogy has been used by authorities to solve a number of high-profile cold cases over the last couple of years.

It's the same technique authorities used to catch Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr.

DeAngelo, 74, was finally arrested in April 2018 for at least 50 rapes and 12 murders across California dating back as far as 1975.

Police tracked him down using the technique, which involves cross-referencing the DNA profile of an unidentified suspect with public databases containing DNA from users who've submitted samples to consumer companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com to explore their ancestry.

Authorities are now also using the technique to try to track down the infamous Zodiac Killer who murdered at least seven people across Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The killer, who got the name 'Zodiac' after they sent letters and cards including ciphers taunting the local press, actually claimed to have killed 37 victims.

Claremont serial killings trial hears of DNA errors in Bradley Edwards forensic evidence .
A New Zealand forensic biologist casts doubt on the way key exhibits in the Claremont serial killings case were handled by WA pathology laboratory PathWest.Edwards, 51, is accused of the murder of three young women in Perth in 1996 and 1997 — Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.

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