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Hopkins police arrest African American in slaying of 90-year-old woman


CofCC.org News Team…

HOPKINS, Minn. (AP) – Cutting edge DNA analysis led police to arrest a 27-year-old St. Paul man in the stabbing death of 90-year-old Irene Kunze in Hopkins. The Hopkins Police Department said the man was arrested Wednesday evening in St. Paul without incident. He was tied to the crime scene by new “soft touch” DNA evidence.

Corey Omar Wells is behind held at Hennepin County Jail, but has not been formally charged. Hopkins Police Chief Craig Reid said this was first time the technology has been used to identify Wells in a Hennepin County case. He said the technology enables crime scene technicians to recover traces of skin left on clothing to develop a DNA profile.

The soft touch “is an amazing development. A great thing for police work,” Reid said. “With this new technology and new certification that the lab has they can look at clothing and see where somebody touched it and get ‘soft touch’ DNA off of it,” Reid said.

Hopkins police released a criminal history of Wells. Among other convictions, Wells was convicted in 2001 of first-degree aggravated robbery and released from prison on March 6.

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