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18-Sep-2017

TrueAllele analysis helps to mitigate sentencing of West Virginia shooter

Mink Shoals, WV


Glenn Skidmore in WV court
Glenn David Skidmore, who was accused of killing his sister and shooting his nephew, appeared before a Kanawha County, WV judge. Photo: Tristate Update

In December 2014, Glenn Skidmore fatally shot his sister, Michelle Skidmore, and grievously wounded her 17-year-old son, Jonathan Skidmore. Mr. Skidmore was charged with first-degree murder and malicious wounding. Kanawha County Assistant Public Defender Sara Whitaker requested TrueAllele assistance on questioned DNA from the pistol evidence. TrueAllele found match statistics between the pistol and the defendant (3.1) and the deceased (232).

On September 18, 2017 Glenn Skidmore pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 20 years. TrueAllele® results helped APD Whitaker avoid a sentence life without the possibility of parole.


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