Atlanta police sending four-decade-old ‘deteriorated DNA’ from child murders to private lab

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Police officers carrying shotguns supply  choky  information    for Wayne Williams, accused Atlanta kid  murderer, arsenic  Williams is taken to tribunal  successful  1982. Police officers carrying shotguns supply choky information for Wayne Williams, accused Atlanta kid murderer, arsenic Williams is taken to tribunal successful 1982. Bettmann Archive

The Atlanta Police Department is sending “deteriorated DNA” from the Atlanta Child Murders that happened 4 decades agone to a backstage laboratory in Salt Lake City with the anticipation of identifying a fishy successful the slayings. 

It comes aft Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and erstwhile Police Chief Erika Shields announced a caller propulsion successful 2019 to re-examine grounds successful the 29 murders of Black children and young adults betwixt 1979 and 1981. 

“Considering the emergence of caller subject and exertion related to DNA testing, the Atlanta Police Department realized an accidental to re-evaluate grounds from the Atlanta Child Murders case,” the Atlanta Police Department said successful a statement on Monday. “We identified a backstage laboratory successful Salt Lake City, Utah, that specializes successful analyzing deteriorated DNA.”

Wayne Williams, 63, has agelong been considered the main suspect in the murders. 

Williams successful  May, 1999. He has maintained his innocence successful  the murders.Williams successful May, 1999. He has maintained his innocence successful the murders.AP

He was convicted successful 1982 successful the deaths of 2 young adults who were believed to beryllium among the 29 victims, and prosecutors offered grounds astatine the proceedings of 10 different murders that helium was suspected in. 

Williams was sentenced to service 2 beingness presumption successful situation successful 1982 and has maintained his innocence, but aggregate attempts astatine appeals person been denied. 

Bottoms said this week that investigators are traveling to Salt Lake City to hand-deliver the DNA grounds themselves. 

“It is my sincere anticipation that determination volition beryllium factual answers for the families,” she tweeted. 

New exertion for DNA investigating has solved decades-old acold cases successful caller years, specified arsenic an 84-year-old Wisconsin antheral who was sentenced to 2 beingness terms in August for a 1976 treble homicide; the recent identification of a fishy successful the 1989 rape and execution of a 14-year-old miss successful Las Vegas and the solving this period of a 17-year-old Iowa girl’s murder five decades ago.