Sacra­mento of­fi­cials awarded for use of DNA

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Oula Miq­bel

SACRA­MENTO — Sacra­mento Dis­trict At­tor­ney Anne Marie Schu­bert’s of­fice and a num­ber of lo­cal po­lice agen­cies have been hon­ored for their in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist cases, us­ing DNA.

These in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been se­lected as the top DNA cases in the world,

The use of DNA in these cases has led to Sacra­mento re­ceiv­ing, the “DNA Hit of the Year” award in Kobe Ja­pan.

Over 70 cases were sub­mit­ted by 20 dif­fer­ent na­tions.

The award is pre­sented an­nu­ally by Gor­don Thomas Honey­well Gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, which con­sults world­wide on DNA data­base pol­icy.

Schu­bert’s of­fice led a decades-long search for a sus­pect in the case, which cul­mi­nated with the April 2018 ar­rest of DeAn­gelo at his Cit­rus Heights home.

DeAn­gelo, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer who had never be­fore been a sus­pect in the case, was ar­rested af­ter Schu­bert’s crime lab was able to use DNA from crime scenes to com­pare to DNA pro­vided to a ge­nealog­i­cal web­site.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found sim­i­lar­i­ties in a sam­ple from the site and built a fam­ily tree out from that in­di­vid­ual un­til it led them to DeAn­gelo. Fur­ther DNA samples ob­tained from DeAn­gelo’s trash and truck han­dle led them to what they say is a match to the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist crimes.

DeAn­gelo, 74, is cur­rently be­ing held in the Sacra­mento County Jail with­out bail fac­ing 13 mur­der counts and 13 counts re­lated to sex­ual as­saults dur­ing the crime spree.

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