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TNT’s ‘Cold Justice’ uses Salt Lake City forensics lab

First Published Sep 26 2013 08:28AM      Last Updated Sep 26 2013 04:53 pm

| Courtesy The producers of "Cold Justice" selected Sorenson Forensics, a private lab in Salt Lake City, as the true-crime show's primary provider for DNA testing. The show follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former Las Vegas crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they help cops investigate cold-case murders.

"Cold Justice" fans may not know it most of the time, but a Salt Lake City forensics lab is behind the DNA testing in much of the show’s episodes.

Sorenson Forensics (a private lab on West Temple) announced Monday that TNT had picked the lab as the true-crime reality show’s primary provider for DNA testing. "Cold Justice," from "Law and Order" creator Dick Wolf, follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former Las Vegas crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they help cops investigate cold-case murders.

The show premiered Sept. 3. You can watch a commercial for the series here.



"We are thrilled that we were able to contribute to the re-examination of these cold cases and hope long-awaited justice is brought to the criminals, providing closure for the victims’ families," Sorenson spokeswoman Cami Green said in a company press release.

Sorenson provided DNA testing for at least half of the cases in the 10-episode series (not every case required testing), but the lab will only be verbally acknowledged in two upcoming episodes, Green said in a phone interview. She does not know when those episodes will air, but people with the show have told her that they will give her a heads up on when the episodes do.

Since none of the cases have been adjudicated, Green could not talk about which cases Sorenson handled. None of them are from Utah, though.

Sorenson used every tool at their disposal for the crime-solving duo, including the M-Vac on one case. The wet vacuum, considered the lab’s most powerful DNA collector, was revealed this week to be key to solving the 1995 cold case murder of Krystal Beslanowitch.

TNT producers said the show began using Sorenson labs with its first case in Cuero, Texas.

"We specifically chose Sorenson because they have a great reputation in Texas and throughout the country. Sorenson has worked with Texas DPS for years (as well as many other states) and is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory directors (ASCLD) — which is one of the top accreditations for DNA labs," the producers said. "With DNA data for any case, it is very important that the local prosecutor, sheriff or chief and detective have the utmost confidence in the lab that is doing the analyses."

"Cold Justice" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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