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A Washington state man was convicted Friday in the 1987 killings of a young Canadian couple, a trial that hinged on 32-year-old DNA evidence and newly emerged genealogical technology.
Jurors deliberated for more than two days before reaching their verdict against William Earl Talbott II, Seattle news station KOMO reported .
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Talbott was arrested last year in the deaths of 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook. Investigators used a method that identifies suspects by entering crime-scene DNA profiles into public databases that people have used for years to fill out their family trees.
He is one of dozens of suspects authorities have arrested in old cases over the past year through the genetic genealogy technique, including a California man charged in the Golden State Killer case. The serial attacker killed 13 people and raped nearly 50 women during the 1970s and 1980s.
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Once Talbott became a suspect in the Canadian couple's deaths, investigators tailed him, saw him discard a coffee cup and then tested the DNA from the cup, confirming it matched evidence from the crime, prosecutor Justin Harleman told jurors.
Van Cuylenborg and Cook disappeared in November 1987 during what was supposed to be an overnight trip from...
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