State Crime Lab Prioritizes Triple Homicide Evidence

By: Zac Schultz Email
By: Zac Schultz Email

Janesville: The Rock County Sheriff says the State Crime Lab is prioritizing evidence from last Friday's triple homicide in Janesville in order to help them find a suspect.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden says they have gathered dozens of pieces of evidence from inside the trailer, outiside the trailer and even along Highway 51.

Investigators are still collecting information about the last movements of Dannyetta Lentz and her two children, "We're looking at cellphones, telephones and internet usage." They're also eagerly awaiting analysis from the State Crime Lab. "That's going to tell us a lot of information. It will identify any potential DNA that may be there. It may identify for us potential suspect or suspects-whether there are multiple offenders."

The bodies were found Friday morning, and Sheriff Spoden says no one was allowed inside the trailer until the crime lab technicians showed up.

The State Crime Lab has been dealing with a back log several months long but Spoden says his case has been prioritized. "I had a conversation with a member of the staff at the Attorney General's office and I'm confident they view it with the same sense of priority that we do."

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he can't comment on the case, but says there is a process to prioritize certain evidence. "We are aiding and assisting law enforcement in everything they request of us."

The murders have been described as 'complex homicidal violence', and while Spoden won't elaborate he hopes the crime lab can. "They may have insight into the method or how the crime was committed."

Sheriff Spoden says there are between 12 and 17 people working on this case, including detectives on loan from the Beloit and Janesville Police Departments. "We have used every resource we have available."

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