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20070626: DNA tests could not rule out his dog GA Atlanta Serial Killer News
In February, Georgia prosecutors agreed to allow DNA testing of dog and human hair evidence used in the 1982 trial of alleged serial child murderer Wayne Williams. The tests on the dog hair have been completed and, according to District Attorney L. Paul Howard Jr., forensic analysts at the UC Davis lab have been unable to exclude Williams' dog, a German shepherd mix named Sheba, as a source of hairs recovered from five of the victims. "All seven hairs tested are the same as Sheba's," Howard said during a live news conference today at WVEE-FM. "Even though the tests identified mitochondrial DNA sequencing, the tests were not inconclusive as some have already started to spin. The tests conclusively prove the animal hair collected from the five crime scenes and the five bodies of the five victims was the same as Sheba's." Lynn H. Whatley, Williams' defense attorney, countered Howard's claims. "First of all, the conclusions they are making are not correct," Whatley said. "The findings of the scientists were clearly that they could not exclude Sheba. This is not a DNA match." The FBI is now conducting Comparative DNA tests on Williams' hair and pubic hair recovered from the body of 11-year-old Patrick Baltazar.
 

20070130: Convicted serial killer gets permission to test dog hairs used to convict him in 1982 GA Atlanta Serial Killer News
State lawyers have agreed to allow DNA testing of dog hair that was used to convict Wayne Williams, who has been blamed for the murders of two dozen children and young men in the late 1970s and early '80s. Williams was convicted in 1982 of murdering Nathaniel Cater, 27, and Jimmy Ray Payne, 21, and sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Afterward, officials declared Williams responsible for 22 other deaths and those cases were closed.

The decision Monday to allow DNA testing came in a response to a filing as part of Williams' efforts to appeal his conviction and life sentence.

But while saying they had no objections to the testing, state lawyers also said it "would not change the results of this trial. Defendant cannot show that DNA tests, no matter what the results, would create a reasonable probability that the verdict would have been different at the time of trial."

Williams' lawyer, Jack Martin, asked a Fulton County Superior Court judge to allow DNA tests on dog and human hair and blood that might help win Williams a new trial.

During his original trial, dog hairs found on most victims were consistent with hairs removed from the Williams' family dog. During the trial, witnesses testified they saw Williams with the victims even though most of the case against him was based on analysis of fiber and hair evidence found in Williams' car and his parents' home, where he lived.

"The good news is they've agreed to DNA testing," Martin said. "We just want to see what the testing shows and we'll argue about what it means later. It's odd that they should claim the dog hair evidence doesn't make any difference when they made such a big deal about it at trial."

Williams, who is black, has contended he was framed. He has maintained that officials covered up evidence of Ku Klux Klan involvement in the killings to avoid a racial conflict in the city, which investigators have denied.

 

 

20050218: Reward For Alleged Serial Killer Doubled NM Albuquerque Serial Killer News
Federal authorities are now offering more money for information leading to the arrest of Phillip Williams, one of the most wanted men in the country.

Authorities are offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of Williams, who they call a serial rapist and murderer.

In August 2003, Williams' ex-girlfriend, Josephine Chacon, 36, was stabbed multiple times in the back, neck, arms and upper torso. Williams is law enforcement's prime suspect. She died from her injuries.

"He's a very violent person with a very violent history, and he must be apprehended," said U.S. Marshal Gordon Eden.

Williams' alleged habits include hiring prostitutes and then severely beating them, police said.

In Michigan, he has been arrested more than 30 times, including six arrests on rape charges.

Authorities now believe Williams is traveling the country and living in homeless shelters.

Police said they still believe Williams' car -- a two-door, 1987 red Ford Festiva -- is still in the Albuquerque area.
 


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