Fourth decades after the Atlanta area were rocked by the killings of more than 20 children and young adults, officials announced Thursday they are planning to test evidence from the cases
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, speaking at a news conference, said that technology has changed "considerably" since the murders and could finally give families of the unsolved kittens a definite answer as to who was behind the slayings of their children. ] "There may be nothing left to be tested," Bottoms customs reporters. "But I think that history will judge us by our actions and we will be able to say we tried." DNA, FORENSIC GENEALOGY LINK MAN WHO DIED IN 2017 TO 2 COLD CASE RAPES, KILLING
Altogether, 29 people – all of them black, most of them boys – were killed in the Atlanta area between 1979 and 1981. The man suspected in the killings, Wayne Williams, was only convicted of killing two men.
Williams, who is black, was convicted in 1982 and is serving a life sentence in connection with the two kittens. Authorities said that animal and other fibers linked to the two kittens based on technology at the time of the trial. He has maintained his innocence, saying that Atlanta was covered up evidence of a Ku Klux clan in the killing to avoid a race in the city.
Bottoms stressed that authorities are not officially re-opening the case, but working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look at "every single thing we have that is related to this case" in order to Give the case a fresh look.
"Even though there is evidence tying Williams to these 22 children, he was only ever on the cases of two murdered adults," Shields said. "This has caused some of the victims' families to believe that they were never afforded justice." Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said that that officials plan to "painstakingly" go through all of the boxes of evidence. “/>