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State of New York v Lewis Swift

TrueAllele connects beer can to killer

Crime In April 2012, Carnell Marshall died in a vacant Syracuse, NY parking lot. He was brutally beaten and stripped by two men.
Evidence A beer can was found in a trashcan behind Swift’s house.
DNA The Onondaga County crime lab developed DNA data from the beer can, finding a mixture of DNA from at least two people.
Match The crime lab could not produce a match statistic from the can’s mixture data. A DNA statistic was needed for court.
TrueAllele TrueAllele found Marshall's DNA on the beer can. The computer also connected the can to Lewis Swift with a match statistic in the trillions. Swift was suspected of ordering Marshall’s attack.
Cybergenetics    On January 15, 2015, Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin testified before an Onondaga County jury.
Outcome On January 22, the jury found Swift guilty of manslaughter. He was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison.
Media

  • Syracuse man on trial for prolonged fatal beating ordered 'hit' on victim, his own son testifies Syracuse.com
  • Swift Receives Maximum Sentence in Beating Death Spectrum News