Crimes, even cold cases, are solved every day with fingerprint matching technology. Multiple fingerprints were collected as evidence from the Clark Oil Station on the night of the crime, but only one print was suitable for the FBI Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in 1991. When testing was requested in 2008, McLean County State’s Attorney Bill Workman stated in court that “fingerprints” from the crime scene have been running in AFIS since 1991, but according to the documents, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Can the prints be run through IAFIS now? Can DNA technologies play a role in exonerating Jamie? And why does McLean County continue to resist testing of evidence they themselves collected from the crime scene?
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George Schiro is the Lab Director for Scales Biological Laboratory in Brandon Mississippi. His current responsibilities include managing the lab, incorporating the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories, conducting DNA analysis using the 13 STR core loci and Y STR in casework, DNA research, footwear examination, and latent print development. Qualified as an expert over 200 times in 31 Louisiana parish courts, 11 Mississippi county courts, Pope County Arkansas, San Bernardino County California, Escambia and Lee Counties Florida, St. Louis County Missouri, Clark and Lyon Counties Nevada, Bernalillo County New Mexico, Bronx County New York, three Texas county courts, Cabell County West Virginia, Campbell County Wyoming, federal court (La. Middle, Nebraska, and Tennessee Middle districts), U.S. court-martial (Luke Air Force Base), and two Louisiana city courts. Has qualified as an expert in the following areas: latent fingerprint development; serology; crime scene investigation; forensic science; trajectory reconstruction; shoeprint identification; crime scene reconstruction; bloodstain pattern analysis; DNA analysis; fracture match analysis; and hair comparison. Has also consulted on cases in 30 states, for the United States Army and Air Force, and in New Zealand, Panama, and the United Kingdom. Worked over 4000 cases. Volunteer "on call" scientist for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.