Billy the Kid Case forensic DNA results
The case Cooper v. Virden, No. D-1329-CV-2007-01364
Although he’s been dead for more than 130 years, Billy the Kid continues to vex and frustrate the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Billy, or at least his DNA, has been at the center of an ongoing open records case involving the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department since April 2007, and recently described in an Albuquerque Journal article. The two Plaintiffs in the Case, author Dr. Gale Cooper and newspaper the De Baca County News, have been seeking records related to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the death of Billy the Kid, Investigation # 2003 – 274, which began in 2003. Albuquerque Business Law became involved in the case in the fall of 2011 and currently represents the De Baca County News.
The case Cooper v. Virden, No. D-1329-CV-2007-01364, was brought by the Plaintiffs nearly five years ago pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, following a request for documents related to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department Murder Case # 2003-274, an investigation into the death of Billy the Kid. Defendants in the case are current or former Sheriffs or Sheriff’s Deputies involved in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
The investigation was described as a forensic DNA investigation which proposed to prove by DNA from various exhumations that Pat Garrett’s murder victim was not Billy the Kid; and that Billy the Kid had survived into the 1900’s as old-timer claimant John Miller or others, whose DNA from their own exhumations, if shown to match Billy the Kid’s, would prove that Billy had not been killed by Garrett on July 14, 1881.
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