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22-May-2019

Pablo Ibar escapes death penalty in Casey’s Nickelodeon triple murder


Fort Lauderdale, FL

On January 19, 2019, a Florida jury found Pablo Ibar guilty of the brutal Casey's Nickelodeon triple murder. The 1994 victims were nightclub owner Casimir "Butch Casey" Sucharski, and dancers Sharon Anderson and Marie Rogers.

Ibar has been on death row since 2000, after his first conviction for the murders.

Cybergenetics new TrueAllele® analysis found Ibar and Anderson's DNA mixed together on the shirt. After unmixing the data, the computer said a match between the shirt and Ibar was 353 trillion times more probable than coincidence.

Cybergenetics Chief Scientist Dr. Mark Perlin testified about the TrueAllele match results. The defense unsuccessfully attempted to distract the jury with irrelevant math. Yet after convicting Ibar, the jury still had to weigh a death sentence.

On May 22, 2019, the Broward jury spared the life of the killer they had convicted. After deliberating for an hour and a half, they decided against the death penalty. Ibar (47) was instead sentenced to life in prison without parole.



Links

  • Pablo Ibar convicted in Casey's Nickelodeon triple murder after TrueAllele unmixes DNA evidence - Cybergenetics - Newsroom
  • Good answers to bad questions about DNA match statistics - Forensic Magazine - Feature Article
  • Casey’s Nickelodeon killer gets life as jury shows mercy - South Florida Sun Sentinel - Newspaper

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