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New DNA testing in hundreds of old Virginia homicide and sexual assault cases supports the exoneration of at least 38 suspects, according to a study released Monday by a national policy group that examined the test results.
For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.
A Hagerstown man convicted of a 2004 rape in Frederick based on a DNA sample he submitted in Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison.
A recently acquired DNA sample from a missing man's birth mother has brought renewed effort to a search for him.