California man free after DNA site leads to new arrest in murder

A man who spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in the slaying of his housemate has been exonerated after authorities used extended DNA links developed through publicly available genealogical websites to build a family tree that led to the arrest of a new suspect.

Golden State Killer case to be tried in Sacramento County

The man accused of being the Golden State Killer, who is charged with murders in Orange County and other jurisdictions around California, will be tried in Sacramento County, prosecutors announced Tuesday in Santa Ana.

Judge weighs release of warrants in Golden State Killer case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge on Tuesday weighed how much information to release about the arrest of a former police officer accused of being the Golden State Killer. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet began considering the issue after a hearing where attorneys for suspect Joseph DeAngelo argued that sharing the details could lead to an unfair trial.

Genealogy websites can share personal information with law enforcement

Investigators said they captured Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo using a little known public genealogy website by uploading his DNA profile and getting a hit that matched a distant relative, however, the website said it didn’t know the public database was being used to try to catch a serial killer.