Winston Corbett

Winston Corbett was arrested on October 28, 2018 and charged with the murder of James Miller and the attempted murder of Linda Miller in Goshen, Indiana. These offences took place during a break-in at their home on October 9, 2011. There was a violent confrontation between James and the intruder that ranged throughout the house, and outside to the mailbox, where he died. James had been stabbed about 50 times, and Linda about 23 times. Corbett was a 16-year-old high school student at the time of the murder.

Blood was found at the crime scene, on James’ shirt, on a door handle, on a baseboard, and in the street where James’ body was found. This was used to develop two male DNA profiles, one of which was linked to Corbett. An unknown male profile was also developed that has not yet been identified.

The FGG investigation was conducted by Parabon Nanolabs. Investigators collected some items from the garbage outside Corbett’s home, which they sampled surreptitiously to provide an initial confirmation of the FGG match.

Only the sample from the baseboard resulted in a full profile. The other profiles were mixtures, whose interpretation was disputed at trial. Corbett was convicted after an 8-day jury trial.

He was sentenced to 115 years for both crimes. An appeal court upheld his conviction and sentence in November of 2021. The FGG evidence was not challenged directly, but the appeal court found that seizure of his trash for DNA testing was lawful under the Indiana Constitution as police had a reasonable suspicion.


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First Name Winston
Last Name Corbett
Other Names
Victims 2 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2018-10-28
IGG Org Parabon


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1128 James Miller 58 2011-10-09 Goshen, IN Goshen PD; Elkhart CSO Second degree murder Accused was convicted after a trial Elkhart CO CIR CT
1129 Linda Miller nd 2011-10-09 Goshen, IN Goshen PD; Elkhart CSO Attempted murder Accused was convicted after a trial Elkhart CO CIR CT

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.