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Monday, April 18, 2005

DNA Dragnet Produces Results

From  "After a three-year investigation that included taking random DNA samples from men in one Cape Cod town, authorities have charged a man in the stabbing death of fashion writer Christa Worthington.  Worthington was found dead in January 2002 in her home on the outer edge of Cape Cod. Her then-2-year-old daughter was clutching her corpse, but was unharmed.  The slaying made national headlines, inspired a best-selling book and stirred a civil liberties controversy when police began collecting random, voluntary DNA samples from men in the small town where Worthington lived.  The long hunt for a suspect ended Thursday with the arrest of 33-year-old Christopher M. McCowen, who was the slain woman's trash collector. McCowen was charged Friday with murder and rape. He pleaded innocent and was ordered held without bail.

McCowen was linked to the crime by a DNA sample he voluntarily gave investigators last year. The sample was matched to semen recovered from Worthington's body after the rape, prosecutors said."  Full story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

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