EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 killings of a young Canadian couple.
The Daily Herald reports William Talbott II was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday after a trial that hinged on 32-year-old DNA evidence and genealogical technology.
Talbott was arrested last year in the deaths of 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook. Van Cuylenborg and Cook disappeared in November 1987 during what was supposed to be an overnight trip from their hometown of Saanich, British Columbia, to Seattle.
Jurors deliberated for over two days before finding Talbott guilty of two counts of aggravated murder.
Prosecutors said once Talbott became a suspect, investigators picked up his discarded coffee cup and tested the DNA from it, confirming it matched evidence from the crime.