It’s not surprising that a rape case in 1983 did not have the option to have DNA analysis performed on biological evidence. Instead serology was performed. The problem was that the results were inconclusive.
The jury convicted Anthony Caravella, 15 at the time, of rape and murder based on the evidence presented at trial.
If the follow-up story was that 25 years later DNA analysis proved the 41 year old did not commit the crime, we would have another story of DNA analysis coming to the aide of the innocent.
Instead, we have a story where the police crime lab, in 2001, did DNA analysis, but failed to find the assailant’s DNA. The evidence was then analyzed by a private lab in 2009, using the same techniques as the police crime lab, and assailant DNA was found, and proved to be someone other than Anthony Caravella.
Asked why the sheriff’s lab didn’t find it, Blake said: “To be quite candid with you, I don’t know.”
Please read the whole story here.
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