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January 22, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Seattle police to begin DNA testing on all stored rape kits

Seattle police will begin DNA testing on all sexual-assault evidence kits and dig into the backlog of 1,276 stored kits that were never tested, the department announced on Thursday. Police said the decision was made after discussions with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Harborview Medical Center and victim-advocacy groups. “We will test all sexual-assault kits moving forward and begin addressing…

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June 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Man linked by DNA to 1980 Bellevue slaying pleads guilty

Michael Halgren, in orange jail scrubs, confers with his attorney this morning in King County Superior Court. (Photo by Jennifer Sullivan / The Seattle Times) A man who was recently linked by DNA to the slaying of a 19-year-old Bellevue woman in 1980 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this morning in King County Superior Court. Michael Halgren, 58, faces a maximum sentence…

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March 20, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Thursday Memo: North Bend suspect freed … Body blunder … Teen killed

National Weather Service forecast Well, someone’s breathing a sigh of relief this morning: How did this happen? DNA clears man arrested in North Bend rape, assault And here’s yet another blunder: Woman preparing to bury daughter discovers it’s not her Then there’s this: Corrections officer accidentally shoots self…

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