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A guilty verdict in a 32-year-old cold case in the state of Washington, it is considered to be the first of its kind in the country.
William Talbott II, has been identified as a suspect in the case last year, using DNA and genetic genealogy. In no other case like it’s never going to be the challenge.
The jury’s verdict returned on Friday in the Everett-to-find, Talbott found guilty of murder in the 1987 death of a young couple from Canada, a by Jay Cook, 20, and Tanya, From the Cuylenborg, 18, was gang-raped.
William Talbott II, center, is escorted to his chair, and by Friday, the 28th of June, 2019 at the latest, in Accordance with the County Courthouse in Everett, Wash. William Earl Talbott II, has been found guilty in 1987 of the murder of a young Canadian couple, she quickly turned On Cuylenborg, and Jay Cook. (Kevin Clark/The Herald, via AP, Pool)
Talbott, 56, appeared stunned when the verdict was announced, Q13 Fox reported.
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“It may be justice delayed but not justice denied, and for Tanya, Jay,” she said, Tanya’s brother, John, Of Cuylenborg, the station reported.
John Cuylenborg, in the center, surrounded by family and friends and are awaiting the decision of William Talbott II, on Friday, the 28th of June, 2019 at the latest, in Accordance with the County Courthouse in Everett, Wash. Talbott was found guilty in 1987 of the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, a young Canadian couple. (Kevin Clark/The Herald, via AP, Pool)
Talbott has been identified as a suspect after DNA from the crime scene were sent to the public, a genealogy web site GEDMatch. The DNA has resulted in two second-cousins, and cousins of the Talbott, with similar DNA, and then to Talbott, after a family tree was constructed.
Detectives from the results obtained, Talbott’s DNA after they saw him get rid of it with a cup of coffee. His DNA matched the crime scene DNA, according to police.
“It would not have been solved had it not been for the DNA evidence,” said Cook’s sister, Laura, Baanstra, the station reported. “The use of GEDMatch, and I hope that more and more people will be willing to have their DNA on the websites that this world is safe.”
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May Robson, gets a hug from Kelly, a Cook, left, and Lee Cook, right, after William Talbott II, was found guilty, Friday, in 1987 for the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, a young Canadian couple. (Kevin Clark/The Herald, via AP, Pool)
Talbott’s attorneys argued that the DNA evidence against their client, does not make him a killer, the Associated Press reported.
Prosecutors said the verdict should serve as a warning to others, the killers, the station reported.
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“The people here are not going to get away with murder if we do this,” prosecutor Adam Cornell said. “If you’re a killer and you’re all out there, then this is the office and the other law enforcement agency in the country, it may be right for you.”