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DNA Sample Used in 1974 Wrongful Death

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Current DNA technology helped police match samples gathered 33 years ago in a murder case to suspect Gerald Walter Hicker. Hicker actually made the initial missing persons report back in 1974.

Prosecutors charged Hicker with first-degree felony murder for the death of Barbara Jean Rocky.

Barbara was a BYU student and was found shot six times in Cottonwood Canyon March 12, 1974. New DNA technology is aiding policy in their efforts to catch criminals now and in the past. McConkie said, “As there is no statute of limitations on first degree murder, it is so wonderful to know that law enforcement is still trying to find killers from years ago.”

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Wrongful Death.