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Atlanta Child Murders Case Gets New Funding For DNA Evidence

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It was one of the biggest crime waves in Atlanta history and now the “Atlanta Child Murders” gets new life with funding.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in 2019 announced the evidence review, as well as a City Hall memorial to the murder victims. Now 11Alive is reporting that Atlanta police has finally got the funding to take another look at the DNA evidence in involved in the 40 year old case.

“Atlanta Child Murders” is the collective term for at least 25 African American children and adults found dead in 1979 through 1981 around metro Atlanta, including in the areas of Brookhaven and Buckhead. Wayne Bertram Williams is serving a life sentence in state prison for two of the killings and was suspected by authorities of committing most of the others. But he has maintained his innocence, while some police officers, journalists and family members have suggested others were involved, possibly including the Ku Klux Klan.