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State of Louisiana v Kendell Ellis

Steering wheel DNA connects man to murder

Crime On October 23, 2014, Anderson Masey (29) was gunned down outside his apartment. An 8-year-old girl was also hit, but survived.
Evidence The steering wheel of a car seen at the crime scene was swabbed for DNA.
DNA The Jefferson county crime lab developed DNA data from the steering wheel of the car.
Match Due to the complexity of the data, the crime lab was unable to draw any conclusions from the DNA evidence.
TrueAllele The computer was able to interpret the DNA data. Kendell matched the vehicle with a match statistic of 414.
Cybergenetics    On February 1, 2018, Casework Superviser William Allan testified before a Jefferson county jury about the computer’s results.
Outcome Ellis was found guilty of second degree murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. On February 20, 2018, he was sentenced to life in prison.
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