Testimony by TrueAllele Expert Helps Resolve Double Homicide
Allen Wade convicted of killing sisters in Pittsburgh, PA
On February 6, 2014, Susan Wolfe (44) and her sister, Sarah Wolfe (38), were killed in their Pittsburgh home. Their bodies were found in the basement, with both women shot in the head. Convicted felon and next-door neighbor, Allen Wade (45), was arrested and charged with the double homicide.
On May 19, Wade was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole, thanks in part to TrueAllele testimony. The county crime laboratory was unable to fully interpret the DNA mixture evidence. Cybergenetics was asked to run TrueAllele on the lab's data. The TrueAllele computer separated the DNA mixture data into genotypes. Comparing genotypes with reference samples gave match statistics, showing the strength of association between the evidence and Wade.
"Cybergenetics completes what crime labs start," said Dr. Perlin. "Using crime lab data, TrueAllele can calculate accurate match statistics on complex DNA evidence." Some labs have their own TrueAllele computers, while others send their data to Cybergenetics for statistical processing. "Both prosecutors and defenders use TrueAllele to find the truth in DNA evidence," said Perlin.