Arrest in decades-old murder case Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jan 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm
After 28 years, justice may finally be levied against the killer of Saba Girmai, a Santa Clara County woman who was found strangled to death in in a Mountain View dumpster in 1985, according to the Mountain View Police Department and the county district attorney.
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Posted by Sean, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm
I agree Martin, this guy has been living with blood on his hands for 28 years. Who knows what the story is but no way should this women have been treated this waym I hope the family can now find closure.
Posted by Process Question, a resident of the Cuernavaca neighborhood, on Jan 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm
Another paper reported that the fingernail DNA evidence was submitted in 2010. I would assume that the DNA scan in the system should be pretty fast with modern technology? Why did 2+ more years go by? Did they identify the guy right away, and then spend time building a case?
Posted by Artie, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Jan 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm
I think you've been watching too much CSI. The technology is not as fast as on TV, and the labs are understaffed and have long backlogs. Typical time to process DNA is several months, so I can imagine that a low-priority cold case might have to wait a couple of years.
Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2013 at 11:39 am
@Fact: DNA is not perfect. Recent evidence shows cross contamination is a real problem.
On top of that the tests have become too sensitive. They can detect DNA in places you'd never expect to see it. The problem is people's DNA is everywhere. Some DNA experts has said this is causing people to be falsely accused.
So the presence of DNA by itself does not, and should, convict someone of murder.