A 38-year-old Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to the 1996 rape of an 82-year-old woman after advances in DNA technology linked him to the crime, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced.
When 18-year-old Carrie Richter and 20-year-old Dustin Baity didn’t show up for a gathering on Christmas Day 1998, their families grew suspicious. The couple was later found strangled and stabbed in the northeast Minneapolis apartment they shared. “Homicides are never over and DNA is the great tool of investigators and prosecutors,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Attorneys are seeking a new trial for a man convicted of killing three American Indian women in Minneapolis in the 1980s. Lawyers for 70-year-old Billy Glaze asked Tuesday that his conviction be thrown out in light of newly discovered DNA evidence.
A grand jury has indicted two St. Paul men in a 15-year-old murder case. Authorities allege 32-year-old Earl Vang, of St. Paul, was one of two men who shot and killed 19-year-old Miguel McElroy outside a north Minneapolis convenience store July 9, 1999, after a drug deal went bad.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Department is hoping new DNA evidence will help them crack a cold case from the 1980s.