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Former Inmate Freed By DNA Evidence Now Charged In Dice Game Murder

A Chicago man who served 32 years in prison before DNA evidence overturned his conviction in the 1980 rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl has now been charged with killing a man after a dispute in a dice game.

06/13/2014

Paul Fronczak, 49, grew up believing he had been kidnapped from a Chicago hospital in 1964 when he was a newborn, and reunited with his parents in 1965, but DNA testing earlier this year revealed he wasn't that baby. The FBI has reopened the case, hoping to find the real Paul Fronczak.

FBI Reopens 1964 Kidnapping Case

The FBI has re-opened a 1964 kidnapping case in Chicago, after DNA evidence revealed the man believed to have been the victim was not the infant who was taken from Michael Reese Hospital nearly 50 years ago.

08/08/2013

A cotton swab used for DNA testing is placed in a protective wrapper before being sent to a lab for testing. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Cook County To Begin Collecting DNA Samples After Supreme Court Ruling

Some Cook County Jail inmates and others arrested in the county will soon have to give DNA samples, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that taking such samples after an arrest does not amount to an “unreasonable search.”

06/04/2013

Photo Of Microscope And Test Tube (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Court Ruling On DNA Swabs Worries Local Privacy Advocates

The court ruled it is ok to take a DNA mouth swab from a person simply while under arrest to see if they could be connected to unsolved crimes.

06/03/2013

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DNA Link Leads To Charges In Brutal 1992 Evanston Murder

Bond was set Thursday at $750,000 for a Chicago man newly charged in connection with a 1992 murder.

05/31/2013

James Shorty. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

DNA Links Suspect To Red Line Sex Assault

Investigators say a DNA indexing system led them to the man accused of a sexual assault on Chicago’s north side.

01/02/2013

DNA tied Michael Escort to a 1989 murder in Englewood.

DNA Links Prison Inmate To 1989 Murder In Englewood

Michael A. Escort, 52, was charged with one count of first-degree murder.

12/09/2012

Michael Marino's mother is questioning whether he was a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. (Chicago Sun-Times)

DNA Backs Up Mom’s Doubt: Gacy Victim Misidentified

For decades, Sherry Marino doubted that her son was one of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s victims — and on Thursday, DNA tests confirmed the remains she received were not her son, her lawyers told the Chicago Sun-Times.

10/25/2012

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DNA Leads To Arrest In Sex Assault Of Child

Joliet police say DNA evidence finally caught up to a man who sexually assaulted a toddler six years ago.

10/20/2012

Marcus Lyons, 54, secured a $5 million settlement for his wrongful conviction on a rape charge. (CBS)

Wrongfully Convicted Man Gets $5M Settlement

Marcus Lyons was 29 years old and in the U.S. Navy Reserves and about to get his computer science degree when he was arrested.

06/07/2012

John Wayne Gacy

More DNA Being Analyzed To Determine IDs Of Gacy Victims

Investigators hope to learn in the next couple of weeks whether any more unknown victims of John Gacy have been identified.

05/07/2012

Rachel E. Schram (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Woman Charged With Kidnapping, Breaking Victim’s Nose

DNA evidence led to charges against a Chicago woman accused of kidnapping a 50-year-old woman, beating her and leaving her with a broken nose last year in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood, police said.

01/16/2012

Holly Staker

NU Investigators Offer To Help Find Holly Staker’s Killer

The team that secured Juan Rivera’s exoneration in the Holly Staker murder case is now offering to help Waukegan Police find the girl’s real killer after 20 years.

01/10/2012

Juan Rivera (CBS)

Court Overturns Inmate’s Conviction In ’92 Slaying Of Waukegan Girl

He was sentenced to life in prison for a horrifying crime he claimed he never committed. Now, Juan Rivera could go free. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

12/10/2011

William George Bundy has been identified as one of John Wayne Gacy's victims. (CBS)

John Wayne Gacy Victim Finally Identified Through DNA

One of the unknown victims of John Wayne Gacy has been identified, more than 30 years after his death at the hands of one of the nation’s most notorious serial killers.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2011

Michael Saunders (left) and Harold Richardson were released from behind bars in November 2011, after serving 17 years for a rape and murder they did not commit. Two other men who were also cleared in the so-called "Englewood Four" case had already completed their sentences when DNA evidence tied another man to the crime. (Credit: CBS)

DNA Triggers Release Of 2 Inmates In 1994 Murder

Michael Saunders and Harold Richardson left Cook County jail after being released on bond by a judge. The men had been convicted for the 1994 murder of 30-year-old Nina Glover on Chicago’s South Side.

11/18/2011

James Harden talks with reporters Friday after being released from prison. (CBS)

Second Member Of Exonerated Trio Released From Prison

James Harden walked out of Menard Correctional Center Friday afternoon, carrying all of his worldly possessions in a cardboard box.

11/04/2011

John Wayne Gacy

Dart: ‘We’re Getting Closer’ To IDs On Gacy Victims

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart could know this week whether one or more of John Wayne Gacy’s eight previously unidentified victims has now been tentatively identified.

11/02/2011

A gravemarker of one of the John Wayne Gacy's unknown victims.

Sheriff: 25 Legitimate Leads On Unidentified Gacy Victims

In the first 24 hours of the latest attempt to identify the eight unidentified victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says authorities have received a flood of calls.

CBS Chicago–10/13/2011

Steven Dixon

Wisconsin Man Charged In Teen’s Stabbing Death In 1991

A Wisconsin man has been charged in the 1991 stabbing death of a 16-year-old Chicago girl, after authorities linked his DNA to the crime.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2011

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