Fremont Police Department(FREMONT, Calif.) — After decades of grieving the mysterious slayings of two 16-year-old cousins, their family may now have an answer.Through DNA and genetic genealogy, their suspected killer has been identified, according to police in California. But he won’t be prosecuted, as he died 20 years ago.The victims, Jeffrey Flores Atup and Mary Jane Malatag, were found dead along roadways on the morning of Dec. 20, 1982, according to Fremont police.“Our family over the years had lost hope in believing that we would ever have justice in knowing” what happened and who was behind it, the cousins’ relatives said in a statement released by police.The teens were last seen late the night before their bodies were found and were believed to be walking home in Milpitas, just outside of San Jose, said police.But the case went cold for decades — until Fremont police Det. Jacob Blass took a new look and realized DNA technology may crack the case, Fremont police said Tuesday. To identify the suspected killer, police turned to the novel investigative technique of genetic genealogy.Genetic genealogy compares unknown DNA evidence from a crime scene to public genealogy databases, which are populated by the DNA of family members who voluntarily upload their DNA.Genetic genealogy has been called a “game-changer” in cracking cold cases. Since the arrest of the suspected “Golden State Killer” in April 2018, about 100 suspects have been identified through the technology, according to Parabon NanoLabs Chief Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore, who worked on the Atup and Malatag case.By tracing the family tree of the teens’ unknown killer, investigators zeroed in on Clifton Hudspeth as a possible suspect, said police.Hudspeth, who had a history including bank robberies, sexual assaults and attempted homicide, was 31 years old at the time of the crime, police said. His home was a 4-minute drive from where Atup’s body was discovered, police said.But Hudspeth died in 1999 from a medical condition, police said, so they obtained a search warrant and exhumed his remains from a Santa Clara cemetery. Hudspeth’s DNA confirmed he was the suspect, police said.It’s believed Hudspeth acted alone, police said, but a motive is not clear.“We are attempting to put our lives back together as we re-mourn the loss of our beloveds,” the family said in their statement.“We will be forever thankful to Detective Blass in never forgetting about these 2 innocent children,” the family added. “We would also like to thank the Fremont police department as well as the initial detectives who worked on this case.”Fremont police said Hudspeth may have been involved in other crimes around the time of the teens’ slayings. He had been in Arkansas and San Diego before Atup and Malatag were killed, police said. Anyone with information can call Det. Blass at 510-790-6963.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The Reverend Al Green is set to make his live comeback later this year with four more concerts announced on Tuesday which are scheduled to take place this spring. The upcoming run of shows will mark Al Green’s first run of live shows in seven years.Green had previously announced his upcoming participation at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which will now be surrounded by four headlining shows throughout Texas and Georgia. The run of comeback shows begins on April 24th with a performance at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX, followed by a gig in Irving, TX two nights later on April 26th. Following his appearance at Jazz Fest on April 28th, Green will head back to Texas for a show in Sugar Land on April 30th, followed by a final gig at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on May 3rd. Its unclear at the moment whether or not the 72-year-old soul icon will expand his comeback tour, but fans should be on the lookout for potential announcements in the coming weeks.Green will be joined throughout his brief spring tour on select dates by former NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners, Tank and the Bangas, and The War and Treaty. Fans can reference the listing below for a detailed schedule of Green’s upcoming shows.Tickets for the upcoming run of spring performances will go on sale starting this Friday, February 8th at 10 a.m. local time. With no operation website, fans should follow Green’s Facebook page for ticket info and/or performance updates as they become available.Al Green Tour DatesApril 24 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall*April 26 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Factory^April 28 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalApril 30 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre*May 3 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre^* w/ Tank and the Bangas^ w/War and Treaty[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Amid a league centered on point guards accelerating the game’s pace and outside shooting, the Lakers decided to continue the trend. The Lakers selected Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, giving them a potentially elite point guard to shore up their backcourt. • Photos: Russell is introduced as Lakers draft pickThat role could reduce Kobe Bryant’s workload in what will be his 20th and perhaps final NBA season. Jordan Clarkson will also likely slide to shooting guard in what is considered his more natural position after making the NBA’s All-Rookie first team after averaging 15.8 points, five assists and 4.2 rebounds in 38 games as the Lakers’ starting point guard. • Related: What qualities will Russell need to flourish with Kobe?As for Russell, he posted 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists while shooting 41 percent from three-point range as a freshman with the Buckeyes. His playmaking, shooting and athleticism impressed the Lakers than Duke center Jahlil Okafor, who prompted NBA talent evaluators both to gush over his post presence and fret over his defense. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error