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DNA Labs International Identifies Suspect in Double Homicide Case Using STRmix™

 Manatee County Sheriff’s Office submitted DNA from a 2016 double homicide case to DNA Labs International, a private forensic laboratory, who were able to identify one of the suspects.

Deerfield Beach, FL (June 2017) – A 2016 double homicide case in Manatee County is one step closer to finding justice. On Jan. 19, 2016, Karl Tuxford and Jordan Finlon were killed as revenge for a robbery they allegedly committed. Tuxford was found shot dead in his Jeep while Finlon was discovered off of a road with more than 40 stab wounds.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office submitted evidence taken from a vehicle involved in the case to DNA Labs International, a private forensic laboratory in Broward County, Florida, to process the DNA. By using STRmix™, DNA Labs International was able to determine that Dwayne Cummings and three unknown persons had contributed to the mixed DNA profile. Not only did the use of STRmix help to identify a perpetrator in the case, but it has also validated that STRmix is adequately robust enough for implementation in forensic laboratories and cases.

DNA Labs International specializes in forensic casework analysis using the latest technologies, including STRmix expert software, which is a breakthrough in forensic DNA analysis. STRmix allows for DNA Labs International to get results on samples that may have been considered inconclusive in the past. It is especially crucial in cold cases that were unsolvable in the past because of a complex DNA mixture. This expert software is also useful in cases with low-level DNA and partial DNA profiles or where there are no suspects and DNA from multiple people on a single sample.

STRmix has been crucial in helping resolve complex DNA mixtures commonly found when working sexual assault crimes and gun possession cases.

For more information regarding the case and the reliability of STRmix, read the full news report from American Security Today.

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About DNA Labs International:

Since 2004, DNA Labs International has been providing clients with exceptional quality service based on open communications, equal attention to the importance of every case and accurate and reliable results every time. They provide the latest technology available to solve cases; such as the M-VAC®, a wet vacuum DNA collection tool and STRmix®, a software program that can solve previously inconclusive DNA results. They can now achieve comparable DNA results from spent shell casings! DNA Labs International is accredited by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the country’s longest established provider of ISO 17025 accreditation to Forensic Sciences testing laboratories in the U.S.