DNA evidence solves 24-year-old Dallas murder

DALLAS — DNA evidence has been getting a lot of attention in Dallas lately because the Innocence Project has been using it to win the freedom of men who were wrongfully imprisoned.

But now the Dallas Police Department has used these high-tech tests to crack a 24-year-old cold case.

Angela M. Samota, a student at Southern Methodist University, was found murdered on Oct. 13, 1984 in Dallas apartment. Police found her on her bed with multiple stab wounds to her chest. She'd been raped, but the case went unsolved.

But then detectives turned to DNA samples from the crime scene and plugged them into a national data base, which didn't exist in 1984. They matched a 59-year-old inmate in prison for life on three sexual assault offenses.

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