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State of Louisiana v James Mills

TrueAllele links cellphone to Baton Rouge killer

Crime On October 5, 2014, Hancy Sanchez (24) stepped outside of his Baton Rouge apartment to smoke a cigarette. Shortly thereafter, he was robbed of his cellphone and fatally shot.
Evidence Sanchez’s roommate grabbed the shooter’s jacket before he ran off. A discarded gun was found nearby as well.
DNA The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab developed DNA data from the jacket, gun, and cellphone.
Match The crime lab found that the evidence items contained mixture DNA, and they were unable to draw conclusions from the complex data.
TrueAllele Using the same data, the computer connected the evidence items to James Mills with match statistics ranging from 103 million to 1.75 quadrillion.
Cybergenetics    In June of 2017, Casework Supervisor William Allan testified about the computer's results before a Baton Rouge jury.
Outcome Mills was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Media

  • Man sitting on porch robbed of cellphone, then shot and killed The Advocate
  • Murder suspect released after judge approves bond reduction WAFB
  • Jury finds man guilty in 2014 deadly shooting over cellphone WAFB