CJ 328-01: Forensic Fingerprint Analysis
Unit 4 Assignment 2
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Unit 4 Assignment 2
I located a case where in February 1979 a 69-year old woman named Vahah Warner was found murdered in her home. Someone had broken into her home and she was assaulted and suffocated, this happened in Flint Michigan. It was clear that the killer was looking for valuables because her home was ransacked. This case went unsolved and it was re-opened in 2003 by the Flint Violent Crimes Task Force. There were two fingerprints found at the crime scene in 1979. At the time of the murder Ronnie Lee Bullock was 19-years old and he was interviewed twice after the killing. He stated that he knew Warner, but he had never been in her house (Palmer, 2005).
In 2003 a retired Flint detective suggested that a convicted serial killer named Jeffry Gorton, may have killed Warner. The two fingerprints that were collected from the crime scene in 1979 were ran through the AFIS database in 2003, and the prints were flagged to Ronnie Lee Bullock who was now 45-years old. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and felony murder. He would have faced mandatory life in prison without the chance of parole had he been convicted of first-degree murder. Bullock entered a no-consent plea which is the same as a guilty plea for sentencing purposes. He stated he did not remember the incident though. The plea deal capped his sentence at 20-30 years, and he accepted this plea deal (Palmer, 2005). In 1979 the AFIS database was not available and this is part of the reason the case went cold and stayed cold for so many years. This is just another example of how far fingerprinting technology has come over the last few years, and it will only continue to get better as time goes on and technology is improved even more.
Palmer, K. (2005). Burton man enters plea decades after woman’s killing. Retrieved from: