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State of Louisiana v Corderrius Mitchell

Car driver gets life in shooting death of immigrant

Crime On December 16, 2011, Honduras immigrant Fausto David Ortiz-Herrera was gunned down in Baton Rouge during an armed robbery.
Evidence A .45 cartridge case was recovered from the scene of the homicide.
DNA The Louisiana State Police crime laboratory developed DNA data from the cartridge case.
Match There was insufficient DNA for manual mixture analysis to produce a match statistic.
TrueAllele On the same cartridge data, computer analysis gave a statistic of 93.3 million to co-defendant Reshaud Johnson.
Cybergenetics    On January 14, 2016, Dr. Mark Perlin testified at the Baton Rouge trial of driver Corderrius “Pooche” Mitchell about the TrueAllele match results.
Outcome After deliberating 43 minutes, the jury convicted Mitchell of second-degree homicide. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Media

  • Man shot to death during possible robbery WAFB
  • Detectives arrest man in connection with murder WFLX
  • Plea deal available until jury seated Tuesday, prosecutor tells defendant in Baton Rouge murder trial The Advocate
  • Trial begins in slaying of Honduran immigrant living with his brother in Baton Rouge The Advocate
  • Baton Rouge man who refused plea deal is convicted Friday and now faces life in prison for Tracy Avenue slaying The Advocate
  • Man sentenced to life without parole for 2011 murder KPLC