A New York man discovered to be a serial killer and convicted of three cold case killings after voluntarily providing his DNA.
Francisco Acevedo, 43, was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for the brutal killings of three women in Yonkers.
The killings occurred between 1989 and 1996 and were all tied together because of the modus operandi or M.O. that the women were murdered.
Acevedo is said to have had sex with all three women before binding, beating and strangling the women and leaving them there to be found.
Though forensic investigators were able to attain DNA evidence from vaginal swabs of all three women, because the DNA wasn’t in the system, officials could not find a match. Acevedo almost got away with murdering three women.
Matches were made with CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System funded by the FBI, after Acevedo voluntarily supplied his DNA when filing for parole.
In prison at the time for drunk driving, Acevedo applied for parole which requires a submission of a DNA sample. Probably not the best idea for a wanted serial killer.
CODIS is the database used by federal and local crime labs in the United States to store DNA information for investigative and identification purposes.
This database helps link crimes across different jurisdictions as well as implicate criminals already in the system of their guilt or innocence.
Similar to the way DNA is identified in genealogical DNA testing, CODIS identified 13 markers in DNA to compare DNA profiles.
DNA Proof in Court
Science is a silver bullet when it comes to evidence in the courtroom.
Because DNA is supported by scientific proof, Acevedo had no chance at avoiding his conviction.
The match was made in November of 2011 and in January of 2012, Acevedo was finally sentenced.
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