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Cold Case DNA Report Delayed

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – The long-awaited DNA report in the 1993 cold case murder of a thirteen year-old girl has still not been released. The report was due October 15. WBFO's Joyce Kryszak has an update on the story.

The analysis was due Monday of DNA possibly linking accused killer Dennis Donahue to the murder of Crystalynn Girard. The teen's mother, Lynn Dejac, was convicted of killing her daughter and has been in jail for nearly fourteen years. But evidence that could point to Donahue - and help free Dejac - has not been released.

Initial DNA results showed a link to Donahue, who is charged in another cold case murder, that of Joan Giambra. Dejac's defense attorney Andrew LoTempio questions why the final report is being delayed.

He said the forensic lab is supposed to be autonomous.

"In my estimation, there is too much control exerted over it by the district attorney's office," said LoTempio. "And I say that because the cold case squad submitted the request for the test and that to me indicates that the cold case squad should get the report, not the district attorney's office."

The District Attorney's office declined comment, saying only that the report is not yet ready. Previously, DA Frank Clark said they were during a thorough analysis.

And the Buffalo Police Department also refused a request from WBFO to talk with detectives about the status of the investigation.

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