FILE – In this April 11, 2018, a photo file, in Accordance with the County’s Cold Case Detective Jim Scharf, left, shares details of the unsolved case of a 1987 double murder, that of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, during a news conference in Everett, Wash. William Earl Talbott II, is charged in the slaughter of a young Canadian couple is facing trial in Washington state this week. (Ian Terry/The Herald, via AP, File
SEATTLE – A man charged with murder in the 1987 killing of a young Canadian couple is facing trial in the state of Washington at the beginning of the week, but it won’t be the challenge of the new research and technology authorities used to link him to the crime.
William Earl Talbott II, is one of dozens of men by the authorities and arrested in front of the old, unsolved crimes in the past year, with the help of genetic genealogy. The practice of identifying suspects of a crime due to the introduction of crime-scene DNA and profiles in the public databases that people have used for a number of years to fill in their family trees.
Privacy advocates have expressed concerns about whether or not it is in violation of the rights of suspects and accused persons, and that law enforcement should be limited. However, Talbott and the lawyers, and say what investigators thought he was, and is not relevant to their defense to charges that he killed an 18-year-old Tanya, From Cuylenborg, and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook.
Instead, they claim that he is innocent, and that the discovery of DNA, scientists said, it was in her mouth, vagina, and rectum — doesn’t make him a murderer.
“The police have used them as nothing more than another one, which she followed up with a traditional research techniques,” attorney Rachel Forde said. “The DNA is on the edge of one of the victim’s pants and doesn’t tell you who killed her and why.”
Of Cuylenborg and the Cook had disappeared in November of 1987, during what was supposed to be an overnight journey from their city of residence, of the Saanich, British Columbia, to Seattle, to pick up the oven parts, Cook’s father. After the hustle and bustle of the week, and for their families, Cuylenborg’s body was found on an embankment in rural Skagit County, north of Seattle, washington. She was shot in the back of the head.
Hunters found the Cook dead, that is, two days later, next to a bridge over the Snoqualmie River at Monroe, about 60 miles (95 km) from where his friend was found. He was strangled with a rope, and dog leashes.
Over the course of three decades, detectives investigated hundreds of leads, to no avail. However, in 2017, According to County sheriff’s detective Jim Scharf will be taught about Parabon Labs in Reston, Va., who, with the help of a new DNA processing method, in order to extract more information from samples. CeCe Moore, a genealogist who is well known for her work on the public television series “finding Your Roots”, is the use of more robust genetic profiles to find distant relatives, the use of the public forum database to GEDmatch.
By 2018, researchers in California used this technique to make the arrest on the charge of a man with a sadistic attacker is well-known as the Golden State killer of 13 people have been killed and raped, with nearly 50 women during the 1970’s and early 1980’s.
A sample of the Cuylenborg of the pants, which have been found in one of the few in Bellingham, Washington, after their death, Moore had built up a family tree and it is determined that the resource needs to have a male child of William and Patricia Talbott. William Talbott II, 56, was the only son. He was 24 at the time of the murder, and had lived in the area in which the Cook’s body was found.
Wire-tailed Talbott, a truck driver, and I saw him get a cup of coffee. They tested the DNA left behind, which confirms that it is similar to that found on a the pants. The thing is that even when a palm print on the rear door and the two of them.
Talbott’s friends were shocked. Several wrote to the court, describing him as a kind, gentle, and friendly.
Opening statements in the case are expected Thursday, According to the County’s Superior Court, the trial is scheduled to last for four weeks. In an agreement reached on Tuesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that the jury not heard the testimony of a person who is in the genealogy lab. Instead, the detective will testify to what Talbott was under investigation.
Among the privacy issues that arise from the survey method is the fact that the technology is so powerful, that even in the absence of a warrant, the police can identify people based on the participation of distant relatives in public databases.
Mary D. Fan, University of Washington Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, said that the use of genetic genealogy in a criminal investigation can have a broad base of support among the general public when it is used for the arrest of the serial killers, or to solve cold murders. It is clear that the support would hold up as the authorities to be used for the purpose of identifying shoplifters, or any other low-level suspects.
Any restrictions or limitations on the use of the technology is likely to come from the legislators, ” she said.
“If you’re going to have the ability of people to participate in these services, or would like to make their data available to the police, or, if you’re going to limit the ability of companies to offer these services, and that’s best left to the legislative branch,” Fan said.
GEDmatch itself has recently set its policies to require people to opt-in if they want to enforce the law, to have access to their DNA profile. Closed for more than a million profiles to ensure the enforcement of the law. More than 50,000 users have agreed to share their information — a figure that the company says is growing.
John Of Cuylenborg, the brother of the victim, is a lawyer in Victoria, was the of serious crime is solved, the effort is worth the potential privacy costs. He remembers his sister as a lively young woman, and said to have to identify her body, “even the darkest of days.”
“The computing power and DNA technology, in order to advance together in order to this kind of thing is possible, and it’s one of the best,” he said.