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People v. Nelson, C047366

Conviction of first degree murder, involving a killing in 1976 and DNA identification of defendant in 2002, is affirmed over claims that: 1) the delay between the date of the crime and the filing of charges violated defendant's right to due process of law; and 2) the DNA evidence should not have been presented to the jury because there is no general scientific acceptance of a statistical means of explaining the results of a DNA comparison when a DNA databank is used to identify a potential candidate.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/31/2006
  • Published 08/31/2006




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Cara DeVito, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Robert R. Anderson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Mary Jo Graves, Senior Assistant Attorney General, J. Robert Jibson and Judy Kaida, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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