Feb 01, 2021 Regular News Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office receives cold case grant Melissa NelsonThe State Attorney’s Office for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit was awarded a $470,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to pursue justice in violent crime cold cases dating back decades.The grant, provided by the department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, primarily provides funding to support investigative activities and prosecution of violent crime cold cases where DNA from a suspect has been identified. An unsolved homicide is considered a cold case after going unsolved for three years.“Family members never forget. And neither do we,” said State Attorney Melissa Nelson. “Cold cases are challenging to investigate and rewarding to solve. This funding will help us continue our search for truth and bring answers to their loved ones.”The State Attorney’s Office began its Cold Case Initiative in 2017 to re-examine how cold cases are reviewed and to develop forward-thinking processes to solve these cases. Part of this initiative included a nationwide review of other jurisdictions, in order to develop best practices.Attorneys leading the initiative, together with a multidisciplinary team including law enforcement and forensic experts, have begun to analyze a large volume of cold cases to determine potential solvability based on several factors, including DNA evidence. All these cases will be systematically reviewed and re-evaluated to determine whether new forensic examination methods present viable investigative opportunities.