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  Posted on: Monday, June 4, 2012
Grant and DNA Technology Help Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Revisit Cold Cases
Evidence from a 1989 murder in Olmsted County may undergo a new round of DNA testing as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension renews its focus on solving cold-case homicides. The BCA is reviewing the shooting death of Peter Kapitula, which may be among dozens of cases to undergo sophisticated analysis using state-of the art DNA technology, according to BCA senior special agent Drew Evans. "We've been making a push here over the last six months, trying to examine a lot of cold cases," Evans said. New techniques that lend themselves to cold-case investigations - mitochondrial testing and MiniFiler testing - are now available that can produce suspect profiles with increasingly smaller amounts of DNA, Evans said. As a result, evidence that previously could not be tested may now be able to be tested. New techniques may also produce new or different results that old methods did, Evans said. The BCA received a "Solving Cold Cases" grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in November. As a result, Evans said, the BCA has been able to dedicate a DNA lab scientist to work full-time on cold cases. The number of cold cases that could be examined by the scientist has been narrowed from 275 to 100 or 110, with the Kapitula murder among the cases still being considered, Evans said.
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