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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Joseph Sentore Coleman, Jr.

TrueAllele connects home invader to weapon

Crime On Halloween night in 2016, a mother and son were shot and killed during a home invasion and attempted robbery.
Evidence A Ruger pistol and magazine were collected as evidence.
DNA The Pennsylvania State Police crime lab created DNA mixture data from the weapon.
Match Due to an insufficient quantity of data, the lab was not able to fully interpret the mixtures.
TrueAllele The computer found that a match between the pistol and the defendant was 33.9 million times more probable than a coincidence.
Cybergenetics    On February 13, 2019, DNA analyst Jennifer Hornyak testified before a Lycoming County jury about the TrueAllele results.
Outcome On February 15, 2019, Mr. Coleman was found guilty of second-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and criminal attempt to commit robbery.
Media

  • Client-attorney friction leads to mistrial in case related to double homicides Penn Live
  • Homicide trial begins in Williamsport WNEP
  • Trial continues in Williamsport regarding double murder homicide case PA Homepage
  • Jury convicts man of second degree murder Williamsport Sun-Gazette
  • Guilty verdict in double homicide for Pa. man prompts him to yell 'racist' at white jury Penn Live
  • Man convicted in 2016 murders of mother and son WNEP
  • Jury finds Joseph Coleman guilty PA Homepage