She had been strangled. The investigation revealed that Washington was six months pregnant. The death of the fetus was attributed to the strangulation of the mother. The baby girl’s death was ruled a homicide.
During the investigation of these cases, Detectives Shepard and Ramirez did not limit their analyses of crimes to only unsolved cases. They also reviewed similar solved cases. In doing so, the detectives found that on April 4, 1995, a 28 year-old defendant named David Allen Jones was convicted of three murders that occurred in the same area where Chester Turner was known to be operating.
Rather than using these convictions as a basis for excluding Turner, the detectives revisited these "solved" murders and re-evaluated the physical evidence. The detectives found that all of the forensic work introduced during David Jones’ 1995 trial had relied upon ABO blood typing. At the Detective’s request, the LAPD Crime Laboratory processed the remaining evidence using the latest DNA applications. It was discovered that Chester Turner was responsible for two of the murders.
The evidence in Jones’ third murder conviction had been destroyed after his trial; however, the new DNA evidence was legally sufficient to secure his release from Prison. During his trial, Jones had also been convicted of a rape unrelated to the murders. He had served out his sentence for the 2000 rape conviction.
Detectives working closely with Jones Attorney Gigi Gordon of the Post Conviction Assistance Center and Deputy District Attorney Lisa Kahn of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office were able to obtain Jones’ release on March 4, 2004.
Two of the murders Jones was convicted of, but that have now been connected to Turner through DNA, include:
Although DNA analyses could not be used to reinvestigation the case, Detectives are confident that their new investigation along with pre-existing forensic reports provide enough proof that Jones is innocent of the murder and Turner is the likely suspect.
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