Post-conviction DNA Testing

Post-conviction DNA Testing

Bode Cellmark Forensics actively assists with post-conviction cases that could benefit from DNA testing. Scientists at Bode Cellmark have performed DNA testing on challenging post-conviction cases throughout the country, and several have resulted in exonerations.

In 2017 alone, Bode Cellmark completed:

  • 50+ post-conviction cases for
  • 30 agencies in
  • 15 states

Advanced Techniques for DNA Analysis for Active Cases, Cold Cases, and Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Improvements in DNA sampling techniques, along with increasingly sensitive testing methods, have enabled scientists to obtain results from cases that were once unsolvable. Bode Cellmark offers cutting-edge solutions to help resolve your cases. 

Bode Cellmark scientists are leaders in the use of the latest technologies such as STR, Y-STR, mini-STR, mtDNA and serology/screening, along with touch DNA analysis methods. 

Proven Experience

Bode Cellmark is highly experienced in processing forensic DNA evidence within the United States.

  • 140,000+ forensic cases
  • 65,000+ sexual assault kits
  • 30,000+ samples of human remains

Success Stories

West Memphis 3 Case (Arkansas)
Bode Cellmark provided extensive forensic DNA testing in this case using advanced techniques and found that no genetic material recovered from the crime scene belonged to any of the three imprisoned men, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelly Jr. The convicted men’s defense team leveraged Bode Cellmark’s work and a judge set the three men free on August 19, 2011.

Donald Gates (District of Columbia)
Convicted in 1981 for the rape and murder of a Georgetown University Student. Gates was exonerated based on DNA results nearly 28 years later. Despite the age and degraded condition of the sample, Bode Cellmark was able to successfully generate a DNA profile which excluded Gates as the perpetrator.

Willie Jackson (Louisiana)
In 1986, Jackson was wrongfully convicted of attempted aggravated rape and robbery and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Fourteen years after his conviction, a judge ordered DNA testing on his case; he was exonerated after spending 17 years in prison, based on Bode Cellmark’s DNA test results.

Kevin Fox (Illinois)
Fox was arrested in 2004 after investigators said he confessed to molesting and murdering his 3-year-old daughter. Kevin’s attorney later convinced the prosecutor to send the evidence to Bode Cellmark for testing; the DNA test results excluded Kevin. Charges that could have led to his execution were dropped.

‘Norfolk Four’ (Virginia)
This case involved 4 U.S. Navy veterans who were convicted of the rape and murder of a young woman. They each served between 8 ½ and 11 years in prison for a crime that has since been linked to a single suspect via compelling DNA evidence and a confession.

Paul Kenneth Jenkins and Fred Joe Lawrence (Montana)

Robbery and Homicide convictions for Jenkins and Lawrence were overturned when Bode Cellmark identified the DNA from another individual on a rope used in the crime.  The two men were released from prison after 23 years.

Michael Morton (Texas)

After spending nearly 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Michael Morton was released on October 4, 2011, and officially exonerated that December. DNA evidence implicated another man, who has also been tied to a similar Texas murder that occurred two years after the murder of Morton’s wife.

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