JUST IN: How new DNA technology led to Jupiter triple homicide arrests


Jupiter was at a loss for answers in the days and months after the 2017 Super Bowl: Three people in their 20s had been fatally shot in the backyard of a home in a town where homicides are rare. But eventually, technology that fewer than 100 forensic labs nationwide are trained to use helped uncover some of the answers, authorities say.

Two men — Christopher Vasata and Marcus Steward — are in custody and charged with three counts of first-degree murder. They were arrested eight months apart, and the second of those arrests – which came nearly 10 months after the slayings – was made possible in part by STRmix, a software program that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Biology Unit began using in August.

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