Jan 12, 2015

Officers dig up mountain site for missing Maryland sisters

Armed with what one official described as new information, federal and state authorities searched a site on a Virginia mountain Monday for the remains of two Maryland sisters who disappeared 40 years ago.

Sep 22, 2014

Cold-case trials come at a price for victims, families

A cost of cold-case trials leads news roundup that includes a brief that wasn't, the writings of juvenile offenders and a questionable Pentagon program.

Cold Case
Nov 7, 2013

Cold case: Police hope sketch will help identify victim of 1986 homicide

LITTLE ORLEANS — Maryland State Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the victim of a homicide in 1986. Troopers say the body of a man was found on March 21, 1986, in a shallow grave in Little Orleans in Allegany County. It was estimated then that the body had been there a […]

Apr 24, 2013

Elkridge man convicted in 1991 death of his wife

A Howard County jury has convicted an Elkridge man of second-degree murder in the death of his wife in 1991, whose body was found last year buried in the family’s back yard. Robert Jarrett Jr. was convicted Tuesday evening in the death of 34-year-old Christine Jarrett. He had reported her missing in 1991, saying she […]

Sep 19, 2012

U.S. appeals court takes up DNA sampling

SAN FRANCISCO — A California deputy attorney general, defending a state law requiring everyone arrested for a felony to provide a genetic sample, endured tough questioning Wednesday from members of an 11-judge federal appeals court panel. At least three of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges deciding the case made it clear they […]

Jul 31, 2012

Calif. prisoner pleads guilty to 3 Md. rapes

ROCKVILLE — A man in prison in California for several rapes has pleaded guilty to three unsolved rapes in Maryland, extending an already long sentence. Prosecutors in Montgomery County say 54-year-old Gerald Smith pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of first-degree rape and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He is already serving an […]

May 11, 2012

Elkridge man accused in 1991 murder indicted

A Howard County grand jury has indicted an Elkridge man accused in the 1991 killing of his wife. Robert Arnold Jarrett was indicted this week after being arrested last month. The 57-year-old is facing a first-degree murder charge and is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center. Robert Jarrett reported his wife, […]

Dec 15, 2011

Outreach campaign to solve D.C.-area rapes, killing

WASHINGTON — The FBI has launched a website to draw attention to a series of unsolved rapes and a murder in the Washington area that investigators believe are related. Local and federal authorities unveiled a public outreach campaign Thursday in hopes of catching a man suspected in nine attacks on women in the 1990s. Seven […]

Nov 27, 2011

1965 shooting shows pitfalls of closing old cases

PELAHATCHIE, Miss. — On a late-fall evening 46 years ago, gunfire shattered the revelry at a nameless juke joint in this rural crossroads. When the smoke cleared, Joseph Robert McNair, a black father of six, lay at the feet of the community’s white constable. That McNair was dead, and that Constable Luther Steverson killed him […]

Sep 29, 2011

Court of Appeals overturns Charles County cold-case rape conviction

Citing a case decided in June by the Supreme Court, Maryland’s highest court held Thursday that a lab analyst who testifies at a criminal trial must be the one who conducted or supervised the DNA tests being offered into evidence. The Court of Appeals’ overturned Norman Bruce Derr’s 2006 conviction for a 1984 rape, saying […]

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