Investigative Genetic Genealogy: Is this the Key to Bryan Kohberger’s Defense?

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The murder trial of Bryan Kohberger, charged with the brutal killing of four University of Idaho students in November 2022, has pivoted its focus towards investigative genetic genealogy (IGG) evidence. 

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Kohberger’s attorneys have pressed for access to the sealed IGG evidence. They are invoking their client’s 6th Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel. 

The defense has also emphasized the need to audit the police investigation. They want specifics of how and when Kohberger surfaced as a suspect. And are focused on the pivotal role of IGG evidence in shaping the case against him.

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What is Investigative Genetic Genealogy?

IGG has emerged as a potent forensic tool in recent years, revolutionizing the landscape of criminal investigations. Its success stories include the apprehension of notorious criminals like the Golden State Killer, catapulting it into the forefront of law enforcement methodologies.