Man convicted in 1995 Wash. murder
EVERETT, Wash. — A jury in Everett, Washington, has convicted a longtime sex offender of first-degree murder in a woman’s 1995 death.
The Daily Herald reports that 46-year-old Danny Giles was linked to the stabbing death of 26-year-old Patti Berry by DNA evidence. Jurors returned their verdict Monday.
Under state guidelines, Giles faces a minimum 22-year term at his November 5th sentencing.
Cold case Detective Jim Scharf submitted the steering wheel from Berry’s blood-stained car for DNA testing. Evidence convinced investigators that the killer not only attacked Berry in her car, but also likely drove the vehicle to dump her body in a wooded area behind the Everett Mall.
In 2004, forensic testing using techniques that weren’t available in 1995 found on the steering wheel a mix of DNA from Berry and a man. Four years later, in 2008, forensic scientists at the state crime lab said the DNA matched Giles.