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DNA Connection Leads to Murder Arrest

11:28 AM, Feb 20, 2007   |    comments
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By Jackelyn Barnard First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The capture of an alleged killer is in part due to good detective work and the help of a system called CODIS, or combined DNA index system. CODIS was used in the murder arrest of Michael Jackson, 37, of Orange Park. Jackson is charged in the murder of vet clinic worker Andrea Boyer. Police collected evidence from the crime scene. That evidence was turned over to the DNA experts at FDLE. The crime lab analysts were able to match DNA from the scene to a man already in the CODIS network, Michael Jackson. Jackson was in the system because of his conviction in a sex crime from 20 years ago. The network keeps a track of all convicted violent felons. "When an individual is convicted of a crime, the cheek swab is taken," says Nikki Lee, a crime lab analyst with FDLE. That swab then goes into CODIS. Right now, there are more than 332,000 Florida offender profiles in the network. All that information has been crossed with local and statewide cases and the information has also been screened in the national network. The goal is to get a hit. Lee will tell you she's seen it happen a couple of times. Last year DNA she worked on solved a 20 year old case. The criminal was living in Connecticut. So far, CODIS has helped in more than 5,100 investigations in the state of Florida.

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