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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Dante Washington

TrueAllele separates DNA mixture to find cabbie-shooter

Crime On the morning of May 15, 2014, taxi cabbie Eugene Phillips was shot by a passenger.
Evidence Phillips’s pouch of receipts was analyzed, along with receipts found in a trashcan nearby.
DNA The local crime lab developed DNA mixture data from the collected items.
Match The lab was unable to draw conclusions from the DNA mixture data.
TrueAllele The computer separated out the DNA mixture and was able to find matches between Phillip’s nylon bag, the receipts, and suspect Dante Washington.
Cybergenetics    On December 15, 2016, Dr. Mark Perlin testified about the computer’s results in front of a Lycoming County jury.
Outcome Dante Washington was found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to 36-72 years in prison.
Media

  • Man accused of shooting cabbie testifies Sun Gazette
  • DNA evidence focus in cabbie shooting trial Sun Gazette
  • Cybergenetics testifies about taxicab DNA evidence in cabbie shooting Cybergenetics Newsroom
  • Man is guilty of shooting, robbing cabbie in 2014 Sun Gazette
  • Man who wounded Williamsport cabbie in 26$ robber draws sentence of 36 to 72 years PennLive
  • Dante Washington guilty of Shooting Cab Driver in Williamsport WNEP
  • Dante Washington gets 36 to 72 years in state prison Cybergenetics Newsroom
  • Cab driver gets justice after Williamsport shooting WNEP