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The State of Indiana v Randal Coalter

TrueAllele evidence in suicide-framed murder

Crime On March 4, 2017, Tell City resident David Weedman was found dead in his apartment. Intially police thought suicide. Futher investigation revealed otherwise.
Evidence A gun and holster were collected from Weedman's pool of blood.
DNA The Indiana State Police lab analyzed DNA from the gun and holster. They found that the major contributor was the victim.
Match Due to the uncertainty in the number of contributors, the lab was unable to draw conclusions about the minor component of the DNA.
TrueAllele On the same data, the computer connected the holster to Randal Coalter with match statistics of up to 1.32 thousand.
Cybergenetics    Before the trial, TrueAllele withstood a Daubert challenge. On August 10, 2017, DNA analyst Jennifer Hornyak testified about the DNA evidence before a Perry County jury.
Outcome On August 14, 2017, Coalter was found guilty of murder. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison on September 8, 2017.
Media

  • Police dispute suicide claim, arrest Tell City, Indiana man for murder WDRB
  • Tell City man charged with murder Death 104.1 WIKY
  • Murder trial slated to begin Aug. 7 Perry County News
  • Randal Coalter found guilty in the murder of David Weedman 44News
  • Perry Co. man convicted of murder sentenced to 60 yrs. Wave News