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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Raphael Perez-Rodriguez

TrueAllele links knives to homicide of Air Force veteran

Crime On July 16, 2020, Dennis Fink’s home was ransacked and robbed by an assailant. The next day, Mr. Fink’s body was found in the woods behind his home. He had been stabbed multiple times.
Evidence Police collected knives as evidence from a stolen vehicle that contained items taken from the victim.
DNA The Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab produced DNA data from the knives.
Match Due to an insufficient quantity of DNA, the crime laboratory could not interpret the evidence data.
TrueAllele TrueAllele connected the one knife to Raphael Perez-Rodriguez, with a match statistic of 16.3 billion. TrueAllele linked the second knife to the victim, with a statistic of 2.78 thousand.
Cybergenetics    On April 20, 2022 Cybergenetics analyst Jennifer Bracamontes testified before a Berks County jury about the TrueAllele DNA results.
Outcome On April 21, 2022, the jury found the defendant guilty of first-degree murder and other charges. He was sentenced to life in prison followed by 6-25 years.

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