Forensic Science

Greenbottle flies sit on a petri dish. (credit: David Hecker/AFP/Getty Images)

Insects Don’t Bug Texas Homicide Investigators

The pungent smell aside, it was the buzzing sound — just a bit softer than a beehive — that assured Michelle Sanford there would be a lot of evidence to collect.

12/16/2013

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UNT Partners With Denton Sheriff’s Office To Build Crime Lab

When the Denton County population reaches 1,000,000 the state will require the county to have its own medical examiner and crime lab. In preparing for that a unique partnership has been proposed.

CBSDFW.COM–11/21/2013

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Mysteries Of Death Come To Life… At Texas “Body Ranch”

On a small patch of Texas Hill Country, not far from a herd of billy goats, there is a resting place of sorts called the “Body Ranch.” It is a place where people have donated their bodies to forensic science.

CBSDFW.COM–08/19/2013

Mugshot of Clark Junior High School teacher Matthew Pappas, who is accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. (credit: Collin Co. Jail)

Princeton ISD Teacher On Leave After Arrest

An 8th grade math teacher and children’s ministry leader is on leave from his job and his post as a spiritual leader after he was arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

05/09/2013

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Dallas Police: Modern Day Palm Readers

Investigators have been finding palm prints for decades. It was less than four years ago, though, the Texas Department of Public Safety created a searchable statewide database of them.

CBS 11–04/26/2013

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DNA Database Helps Solve More Crimes In Texas

Experts say technology and an expanding DNA database have helped solve more crimes in Texas. Registered sex offenders, convicted felons and youths in the Texas juvenile justice system must provide samples.

01/02/2013

A forensic scientist examines clothing for genetic material under an alternative light source in the Forensic Evidence section of a crime lab. (credit: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

Increased Services Help Victims Report Rapes, Advocate Says

Recently released crime statistics from the Dallas Police Department show drops in burglaries, murders and car thefts –– but there’s also an 11 percent jump in reported rapes.

06/13/2012

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Bill Would Refine Duties For Texas Forensic Panel

The duties and mission of a troubled state panel caught up in the review of a contested arson finding in a death penalty case would be cleared up under legislation approved by the Texas Senate on Friday.

05/13/2011

Karla Aguilar, who aged out of foster care and is now a freshman at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Arlington Teen Succeeding After Aging Out Of Foster Care

Karla Aguilar is one of many children who age out of the foster care system without being adopted. According to the Center for Child Protection, about one in 10 foster children in the state “age out” of Foster Care when they turn 18.

CBS 11–11/29/2010