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State of Louisiana v Kenneth Gleason

Cybergenetics DNA analysis links serial killer to shooting scene

Crime In the fall of 2017, in separate incidents, two black men were shot to death in Baton Rouge. Shots were also fired through the door of a black family. The random shootings appeared to be racially motivated.
Evidence Cartridge cases were recovered from one of the crime scenes.
DNA The Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory produced the DNA data from the evidence.
Match The lab was unable to interpret the DNA data. There was insufficient DNA for their interpretation methods.
TrueAllele On the same DNA data, the computer’s statistic connecting the cartridge cases with Kenneth Gleason was 3.28 million.
Cybergenetics    On April 23, 2021, William Allan testified at the trial in Baton Rouge court about the computer DNA match statistic.
Outcome On April 26, 2021, the jury found Kenneth Gleason guilty of first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory life sentence.
Media

  • Is a serial killer targeting black men in Baton Rouge? News One
  • White suspect arrested in Louisiana killings of black men police say likely 'racially motivated' NBC News
  • Trial of alleged serial killer Kenneth Gleason delayed over new DNA results Nola.com
  • Alleged serial killer's DNA found on shell casings at 2017 homicide scene, witness says The Advocate
  • Alleged serial killer Kenneth Gleason found guilty of murder in killing of black resident The Advocate