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State of New Hampshire v Adrien Stillwell

TrueAllele connects discarded handgun to driveway killer

Crime On November 3, 2015, Michael Pittman (37) was shot to death while working on his vehicle in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Evidence A handgun, believed to be discarded after the shooting, was recovered by police and swabbed for DNA evidence.
DNA NMS labs developed DNA data from the handgun.
Match The lab’s manual analysis of this data could not provide DNA match information.
TrueAllele On the same DNA data, the computer’s statistic connecting the handgun to Adrien Stillwell was 88.4 trillion times more probable than coincidence.
Cybergenetics    On May 1, 2017 Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin testified at the trial in Manchester, New Hampshire about the computer DNA match statistic.
Outcome On May 24, 2017 Stillwell was found guilty of all charges and sentenced to life in prison.

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