DNA in murder case lies in Denver criminal lab for 11 months


DENVER (KDVR) – A father launches an emotional plea and invests $ 25,000 of his own money to help find his son’s murderer.

He’s also asking problem solvers to consider how long it took for DNA evidence to be tested in this and other cases.

Tom O’Keefe said it takes too long to get answers and get justice. Her 30-year-old son, William O’Keefe, was shot dead on November 4.

“He was very popular, very nice. He had a heart as big as the sky. He was an incredible young man, ”said O’Keefe. “You know he went through life and it killed him. It’s really, really sad that this has happened.

Her son was caught in the middle of a shootout near his home on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Locust Street in Park Hill.

“It’s not just the victim who was shot. There is all the collateral damage: family, friends. My son’s friends at the memorial, my God, their hearts were broken. It’s incredibly damaging to so many people in so many ways, ”O’Keefe said.

DNA evidence stays in lab for 11 months

O’Keefe has spent the past 11 months searching for answers.

“My son was shot dead. The police believe they know who did it. And who they think did it, I think it makes perfect sense. So they would like to make an arrest, but they can’t because right now they’ve waited 11 months from today for that evidence to be available. I’m sitting in front of you today saying I’ve been told DNA evidence has been in the crime lab for 11 months today, ”O’Keefe told Deborah Takahara of FOX31.

The Denver Police Department oversees the criminal lab. DPD said a number of factors go into prioritizing how evidence is handled.

They sent us a statement:

The Denver Police Department has identified all parties involved and the investigation shows that several handguns were fired in the incident. While this complex case remains open, which limits the details we can provide, we can verify that a significant amount of forensic work has been done, but more remains. Investigators believe the ongoing forensic analysis may potentially support a weapons-related charge, but will not advance the ongoing homicide investigation.

Denver Police Department

O’Keefe fears other families are also waiting for answers.

“At the end of the day, if we can’t help the criminal lab and help the police make an arrest, how many murderers, rapists, violent criminals are on the streets right now? O’Keefe said.

In the meantime, O’Keefe is offering his own money to bring the reward fund with our partners, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, up to $ 30,000.

“I raised the money to try to encourage someone to come forward. Maybe we could help them. There won’t be a lot of witnesses. It happened at two in the morning and I don’t think there were a lot of people looking out the window and if they were I would be terrified too, ”O’Keefe said.

If you have any information that could help you, call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 (STOP). Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for the cash reward.


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