By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A jury in Everett, Washington, has convicted a longtime sex offender of first-degree murder in a woman’s 1995 death.

The Daily Herald reports ( ) that 46-year-old Danny Ross Giles was linked to the stabbing death of 26-year-old Patti Berry by DNA evidence. Jurors returned their verdict Monday.

Under state guidelines, Giles faces a minimum 22-year term at his Nov. 5 sentencing.

Cold case Detective Jim Scharf submitted the steering wheel from Berry’s blood-stained car for DNA testing. Evidence convinced investigators that the killer not only attacked Berry in her car, but also likely drove the vehicle to dump her body in a wooded area behind the Everett Mall.

In 2004, forensic testing using techniques that weren’t available in 1995 found on the steering wheel a mix of DNA from Berry and a man. Four years later, in 2008, forensic scientists at the state crime lab said the DNA matched Giles.

By the time the trial approached, additional testing had turned up DNA consistent with Giles’ profile on the cuffs of the jeans Berry was wearing when she was killed.


Information from: The Daily Herald,

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