September 21, 2004



It's nice to know that the product you produce for a living can sometime serve a greater good. Even if, you know, it's sort of, I don't know... accidental.

This detail came from a story last weekend written by my friend Valerie about the Tampa Police Department forensic unit. The story compared the unit to popular shows like "CSI," "CSI: New York," "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: Mybigfatass."

Turns out the Baylife section of the Tampa Tribune played a key role in a recent case:

Another senior technician, Constance Leggon, processed the Citgo station at 802 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in July after a man with a knife vaulted over the counter and fatally stabbed the clerk. She collected a copy of a Tampa Tribune section inside the clerk's safety glass as evidence.

Using a chemical called Ninhydrin, Leggon found part of a palm print in the paper above the "Y" in "Baylife." Latent fingerprint specialist Susan Delage matched the print to Gregory Everett McCray, an ex-convict who is charged with the clerk's murder.

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