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Lab report shows more DNA evidence linking man to killings

UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Associated Press

EVERETT – A lab report that was unsealed after a jury convicted a Washington man in the killings of a young Canadian couple shows investigators found more DNA evidence linking the suspect to the crime.

The DNA of William Earl Talbott II was found on zip ties discovered at the crime scene, the Daily Herald reported Monday.

Talbott was found guilty last month of the murders of 18 year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg and 20-year-old Jay Cook.

The couple from Victoria, British Columbia, disappeared in November 1987 while on a trip to Seattle. Their bodies were found in separate locations in northwestern Washington.

Defense attorney Jon Scott has asked for a new trial for Talbott. A judge is set to consider the request Wednesday.

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