An Isanti man charged with first-degree murder for a 1993 stabbing in south Minneapolis makes his first court appearance this afternoon. Investigators found D-N-A from an unknown person near the body of 35-year-old Jeanie Childs, but it wasn’t until 2018 when a genealogy search identified 54-year-old Jerry Westrom as a suspect. In 2019, police recovered a napkin Westrom tossed in the trash at a hockey game and a D-N-A sample taken from it linked to D-N-A profiles at the crime scene. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says when you discard something in the trash, the Supreme Court says it’s fair game and saliva is one of the principal ways to get a D-N-A sample.
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