British cats' DNA database helps convict murderer
LONDON (AP) - British academics say a newly created DNA database of British cats has helped convict a killer, illustrating how even pets' genetic material can be a boon to forensic scientists.
The University of Leicester says its catalogue of 152 felines' DNA buttressed the prosecution case against David Hilder, who was convicted of manslaughter last week at a court in the English city of Winchester.
Hilder killed and dismembered his neighbour, David Guy, in an English resort town last year, dumping his torso on a nearby beach, where it was discovered by students.
Cat hairs found on the torso matched Hilder's pet, Tinker.