DNA helps free innocent man who spent 15 years in prison for murder

first_imgBCFC/iStock(EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif.) — A California man was freed after spending 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, officials said.Ricky Davis was released Wednesday, one day after a new suspect was arrested in the 1985 murder of 55-year-old Jane Hylton in El Dorado Hills, Calif., according to El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office Vern Pierson, who called the case and the developments “two of the most dramatic extremes” he had ever seen in his 28 years as a prosecutor.“On one hand, a person, Ricky Davis, was falsely accused, brought to trial, convicted and has spent the last 15-some years in custody for a crime that I can tell you with all confidence he did not commit,” Pierson said Thursday. “It’s not a matter of we don’t have sufficient evidence. He did not commit this crime.”The district attorney said a man who was identified in 1985 by Hylton’s then 13-year-old daughter is now in custody.That man’s DNA matched a DNA sample that was tested after Davis was convicted. Genetic genealogy helped create a family profile for that piece of DNA, which then helped identify the suspect, according to officials.Investigators used traditional forensics to confirm the DNA profile.Pierson did not name the man because he allegedly committed the crime when he was a minor, but the Sacramento Bee identified him as 51-year-old Michael Green. Hylton’s daughter did tell investigators at the crime scene that she encountered a male named Michael the evening of her mother’s murder.Davis’ conviction in 2005 was brought on mainly because of “overly aggressive interrogation techniques” that led to a coerced confession from his then girlfriend, according to the district attorney’s office.In transcripts from the interviews with Davis’ girlfriend in 1999, which were posted by the Northern California Innocence Project, an organization that was working to free Davis, a detective appears to urge her to confess.“The train is coming through right now, and in my experience in law enforcement, the first one to jump on the bandwagon … always gets the easiest ride,” according to the transcript, which was cited by the district attorney’s office.Murder charges were filed against Davis and his then girlfriend, Connie Dahl, testified against him, according to the Northern California Innocence Project.Davis was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison. He had always maintained his innocence.He contacted the Northern California Innocence Project in 2006 and the nonprofit began investigating his case with the cooperation of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.The new piece of evidence that led to Davis’ freedom came about in 2014 when DNA test results revealed an unknown male DNA profile that was found on Hylton’s nightgown.Hylton had been stabbed 29 times during the attack and was bitten on her left shoulder. The DNA was found in the area of the bite mark and consistent with DNA that was also found under her nails.Though Dahl had told investigators that she bit Hylton, the DNA did not support that.Pierson on Thursday characterized the detectives who initially investigated Hylton’s murder as ones who were “seeking a confession as opposed to seeking information.”He said the two detectives that were involved have since been trained on science-based interview techniques.With the DNA evidence, the Northern California Innocence Project eventually proved that a different outcome would have been reached if the original jury heard the DNA results.In April 2019, a judge reversed Davis’ conviction and a retrial was pending. He remained in custody until Wednesday.“It’s a surreal thing in a sense because, as I said before, I’m not telling you that we can’t prove it,” Pierson said. “I’m telling you that Ricky Davis was wrongfully convicted.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Continuum Partners plans $2B megaproject to transform Arts District

first_img Share via Shortlink Tags Arts DistrictDevelopmentDowntown Los Angeles Continuum Partners CEO Mark Falcone and the development site (Continuum, iStock, Google Maps)The megaproject is the largest to come out of the pandemic era and one of the most ambitious Los Angeles has seen in years.Continuum Partners wants to build a $2 billion mixed-use development that would deliver 1,500 residential units, office space and a hotel in the Arts District, near Skid Row. Plans were revealed early Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the story.Called Fourth & Central, the complex would include 10 buildings, with 572 condominiums and 949 apartments, according to the report. There would be 216 units set aside as affordable. The project would also deliver a 68-room hotel, 400,000 square feet of office space, and an unspecified amount of retail space.ADVERTISEMENTThe largest tower would be 42 stories, and the development would rise on 7.6 acres at the corner of Central Avenue and Fourth Street. Studio One Eleven is designing most of the buildings. The firm brought on architect David Adjaye to design the large tower and another complex. The varied building designs are meant to imitate a neighborhood built up over a longer period of time, according to the report.The project would transform the area by replacing a cold storage facility dating to the 1890s. Continuum formed a partnership with the property owner, Los Angeles Cold Storage, to develop the site. The deal includes relocating the business.The development site isn’t far from two other Continuum projects. The firm is building a 107,000-square-foot office and retail complex dubbed Produce LA. And in November, it filed plans for an 185,000-square-foot office tower next door on Mesquit Street.[LAT] — Dennis Lynch Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Seasonal inflow of warm water onto the southern Weddell Sea continental shelf, Antarctica

first_imgTo capture the austral summer to winter transition in water mass properties over the southern Weddell Sea continental shelf and slope region, 19 Weddell seals were tagged with miniaturized conductivity–temperature–depth sensors in February 2011. During the following 8 months the instruments yielded about 9000 temperature–salinity profiles from a previously undersampled area. This allows, for the first time, a description of the seasonality of warm water intrusions onto the shelf, as well as its southward extent towards the Filchner Ice Shelf. A temperature section across the Filchner Depression and eastern shelf shows a pronounced decrease in warm water inflow from summer to winter, further supported by an almost 3–year long time series from a shelf–break mooring. The seasonal variability is related to the surface wind stress and an associated deepening of the off-shelf core of Warm Deep Water.last_img read more

Utah Baseball vs. California Postponed After Seven Innings

first_img Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Baseball/Pac 12/Utah Utes April 6, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball vs. California Postponed After Seven Innings FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBERKELEY, Calif. – The Utah baseball team played seven innings of its series opener against California on Thursday, April 5, before the game was postponed by rain. The Utes trail 7-5 with two innings remaining.The teams will reevaluate at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Announcements will be made first on the baseball Twitter at @UtahBaseball.Utah took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., walked and Rykker Tom hit a double down the left field line to score Keirsey. Tom moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error. The Utes took a 3-0 lead in the third after Keirsey led off the inning with a double and scored on and RBI single from Oliver Dunn.California scored the next six runs for a 6-3 lead, scoring two runs each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.Utah rallied back in the seventh with two runs to cut the lead to a run, 6-5. Matt Richardson led off the inning with his first career home run. Keirsey again doubled followed by a single from Tom and Dunn walked to load the bases and Keirsey scored on an RBI ground out from Wade Gulden.A leadoff walk and single in the bottom of the seventh would lead to a run for Cal to again push the Golden Bears lead to two runs before rain that fell steadily throughout the game forced a postponement.last_img read more

Utah State Soccer Team Reports For 2018 Season Monday

first_img Written by July 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Soccer Team Reports For 2018 Season Monday Tags: Ashley Cardozo/Chuck & Gloria Bell Field/Grace McGuire/Minnesota/Sam Houston State/Southern Utah/USU Soccer Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday afternoon, the Utah State women’s soccer team returned to campus ahead of Tuesday practice to commence the season.Monday’s activities for the Aggies primarily consist of fitness testing.Over the course of the next two weeks, the Aggies will participate in two-to-three daily training sessions as well as team activities and meals.The Aggies will first be in action August 10 in an exhibition match against Southern Utah. Official competition will commence the following week as Utah State travels to Huntsville, Texas August 16 to face the Sam Houston State Bearkats.The Aggies’ home season commences August 19 as they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten Conference.Admission to all home matches for the Aggies (at Chuck & Gloria Bell Field) is free. All matches will also be live streamed on the Mountain West Network.Utah State returns 12 starters from last season’s roster and there will be 10 newcomers.The returning leaders include 2017’s leading scorer, sophomore Ashley Cardozo. Cardozo, a Holladay, Utah product, led the Aggies last season with nine goals and six assists.Senior Grace McGuire, a Falls Church, Va. native, returns as the starting net-minder for the Aggies.Utah State seeks to improve upon a 9-7-3 record from last season while going 4-5-2 in Mountain West play.last_img read more

Outrage grows over planned Special Olympics cuts

first_img Written by Beau Lund March 28, 2019 /Sports News – National Outrage grows over planned Special Olympics cutscenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is heading back to Capitol Hill Thursday for another round of questioning concerning the Trump administration’s plan to slash funding for the Special Olympics.Sparks are expected to fly when she faces a Senate committee to defend the White House’s proposal to cut $17.6 million earmarked for the Special Olympics.In a statement Wednesday, DeVos said the administration is “focused every day on raising expectations and improving outcomes for infants and toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, and are committed to confronting and addressing anything that stands in the way of their success.”“The Special Olympics is not a federal program,” she continued. “It’s a private organization. I love its work, and I have personally supported its mission. Because of its important work, it is able to raise more than $100 million every year. There are dozens of worthy nonprofits that support students and adults with disabilities that don’t get a dime of federal grant money. But given our current budget realities, the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

ABF sees revenue rise 3% in latest quarter

first_imgAssociated British Foods (ABF), the parent company of Kingsmill, has ended the 16 weeks to 3 January 2015 with revenue 3% ahead of the same period last year. EU sugar prices, which had been lower in the period, are now seeing some stabilisation, said the firm. Sugar content in the beet is lower than last year, but is counterbalanced by good sugar extraction rates.UK sugar production in the current year is now estimated to be 1.40m tonnes, up from last year’s 1.32m tonnes.ABF’s Africa-based sugar subsidiary Illovo has performed consistently throughout the period, but cane availability was restricted in South Africa. Sugar prices in Africa have remained relatively stable with the exception of Tanzania, where low-cost imports continue to hold back domestic prices.A company statement said: “This year we expect grocery, ingredients and agriculture to make further progress in operating profit on the back of their very positive performance last year. With the fall in EU sugar prices and weakness in the world sugar price, we expect a further large reduction in profit from AB Sugar, but this will put much of the effect of the structural changes in EU prices, seen over the last three years, behind us.“We expect a decline in adjusted operating profit for the group, but the impact on earnings will be mitigated by much lower tax and interest charges. Sterling’s strength against most of our major trading currencies will also have a negative effect and we now expect a marginal decline in adjusted earnings per share for the group for the full year.”last_img read more

Ensler puts her life on stage

first_imgEve Ensler returns to the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) this month with a deeply personal, one-woman show that tells how her work with women brutalized by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helped her overcome stage IV uterine cancer.Her diagnosis in 2010 while working in the Congo threw her “into the center of my own body’s crisis,” Ensler wrote in her 2013 memoir, “In the Body of the World.”“The Congo threw me deep into the crisis of the world, and these two experiences merged as I faced the disease and what I felt sure was the beginning of the end.”But the then-57-year-old playwright, actor, and activist survived, and thrived.Now she’s bringing her experience to the A.R.T. stage in the world-premiere adaptation of her memoir, directed by Diane Paulus. The play runs through May 29.Ensler is perhaps best known for her one-woman play “The Vagina Monologues” (1994), which helped her develop V-Day, founded in 1998 to end violence against women and girls. V-Day in turn funded City of Joy, a community for female survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ensler was diagnosed with cancer a year before City of Joy opened. She turned to the women she was helping for support.“I am particularly grateful for the women of the Congo whose strength, beauty, and joy in the midst of horror insisted I rise above my self-pity,” Ensler writes.Paulus, the A.R.T.’s artistic director, called working with Ensler “a dream come true.”The two first connected in New York in 2013 during the A.R.T.’s run of the musical “Pippin” on Broadway. Ensler came to see the show and the two “connected personally, theatrically,” said Paulus. Soon after, Ensler was in Paulus’ Cambridge office, where they discussed making the A.R.T. Ensler’s artistic home. The collaboration kicked off in December 2014 with “O.P.C.,” Ensler’s comedy about a young dumpster-diving freegan and her struggles to come to terms with society’s consumerism, consumption, and waste.Paulus was eager to bring Ensler’s memoir to the stage.“[It] knocked me out when I read it,” Paulus said. “I just thought it was some of her best writing ever and I immediately asked her if we could commission a stage adaptation of it and happily, she agreed.”Paulus said the new show combines Ensler’s work helping women around the globe with her own journey toward healing and hope.“It’s everything you can expect from Eve, all her passion and commitment to the injustice in the world, but kind of channeled through this personal crisis she went through with cancer,” said Paulus. “What’s so uplifting about the piece is she really looks at her experience with cancer as kind of a conversion moment. And she does it through her signature wit and humor.”Paulus said Ensler’s story also factors into the set design, and that audiences will see a “pretty big theatrical gesture at the end of the show.”Harvard Dance Director Jill Johnson choreographed the show, and each performance will be followed by discussions with activists and experts from the Harvard community and beyond.For ticket and performance information, visit the A.R.T.’s website.last_img read more

Entrepreneur offers business advice at SMC

first_imgEmpowering employees is a key to entrepreneurial success, said Jennifer Prosek, founder and CEO of CJP Communications, on Wednesday. The Saint Mary’s College Women Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) hosted Prosek as the second Entrepreneur-In-Residence on Tuesday and Wednesday. WEI is a joint project between the Department of Business Administration and Economics and the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership. Prosek spent her time at the College speaking to students, faculty and members of the community about how to be a successful entrepreneur. “If I can teach people ‘the business of the business,’ I can immerse and teach them what it means to grow,” Prosek said. “In my firm, we teach all of our employees how to become more entrepreneur-like. Our employees understood how to develop new business, how they make money and how they fit into it.” Prosek graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Easton, Conn. and found a job at a local market research firm. Although Prosek said it wasn’t her ideal job, it did allow her to come into contact with her current business partner. “We decided to start a firm in the suburbs of Connecticut in a one-room office,” Prosek said. “All of these financial institutions, like trading investments, private equities and banks, were moving out of New York City and into Connecticut. We decided we were going to set up shop in their backyard and see if we can get some business.” But Prosek said she still yearned for the “big, sexy PR job” in New York City. In order to accomplish her dream, Prosek said she went on to earn her Master of Business Administration at Columbia University, where she could network with potential clients and learn the business aspect of public relations. While attending Columbia, Prosek and her partner opened an office in New York City and Prosek simultaneously served as the CEO while attaining her MBA. Since then, they have joined with a third partner and the firm has grown exponentially, she said. Prosek attributed the growth and success of the company to the model of entrepreneurship in her book, “Army of Entrepreneurs: Create an Engaged and Empowered Workforce for Exceptional Business Growth.” “As an army of entrepreneurs, we treat each of our employees as they are entrepreneurs and I’ve found it’s engaging to our employees and helped (us) to only grow as a company,” Prosek said. “It’s all about tapping into the inner-entrepreneur in everyone.” Prosek said Saint Mary’s students, particularly future entrepreneurs, should always be persistent. “There’s always going to be failure and rejection along the way,” Prosek said. “But I’m a big believer in fast failure. I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on failures. Scrap it and move on to the next one. Students need to know to never give up.”last_img read more

Beer Blog: Drinking Underground at One World Brewing

first_imgSometimes it’s difficult to feel like a macho dude when you’re drinking a blueberry saison.Even if I’m wearing a muscle shirt and camo shorts and looking at porn, the beer just makes me feel…dainty. A lot of craft beer has that effect on me.Sure, there are some burly beers out there—you definitely need hair on your back to work through some of the imperial stouts that are hitting the shelves these days—but by and large, the craft beer scene is becoming relatively civilized. If I had a nickel for every time a pencil-mustachioed cicerone told me a certain beer I was about to drink had the nose of rosemary and fresh dew, well, I’d have a bunch of nickels.Beer has gone fancy. Basically, I’m okay with that because beer has also gotten better. I like truffle porters and blueberry saisons and honey ales that capture the essence of the mating rituals of bumblebees. I just can’t imagine John Wayne or even James Bond drinking a honey ale. Even if it’s aged in bourbon barrels. Unless that honey ale is served in a dungeon, which is arguably the most manly setting for a craft beer bar imaginable, then I think the Duke would abide.Just so happens I found a craft beer bar that’s housed in a dungeon. Okay, it’s not technically a dungeon. There are no cages or dragons, but there are also no windows. One World Brewing is a tiny brewery (1.5 barrel system), recently opened with prime real estate, about three floors below downtown Asheville, N.C.. Seriously, you walk down an alley, through a big hole in the wall (okay, maybe it’s a fancy door), down three flights of stairs until you almost reach the core of the earth, and there you’ll find One World Brewing. No windows, dim lighting, crates on the ceiling, darts in the corner, a really cool Old West style saloon bar…manly.The beer is good too. I had the “To the Head” Imperial Red IPA, a downright malty IPA with a sinister ABV and a beautiful hop finish. I know, that probably sounds a little fancy, but it doesn’t matter because I was drinking that fancy beer in a subterranean bar.I’m a huge fan of sunny beer gardens and drinking beer while playing bocce and wearing all white, but sometimes you just have to drink underground. With the C.H.U.D.’s and giant alligators flushed down the toilet during in the ‘80s.last_img read more