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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.