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Ventura County Offered Federal Grants To Help With The Use Of DNA Evidence In Cold Cases

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012 1:56pm

Ventura County is set to receive more than $530,000 in federal grants to help use DNA evidence to solve cold cases.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has been offered $418,000 from a federal fund for solving cold cases from DNA, and $121,000 for reducing a backlog in DNA testing.

If Ventura County Supervisors approve acceptance of the grants next week, it will allow the Sheriff’s Department to hire an additional forensic lab technician, plus provide money for testing, staff time, overtime, and equipment.

In July, the use of cold case DNA evidence led to the arrest of John Clark Russell for the 1979 murder of Alma Zuniga in Ventura County.

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