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NC university to display crime-fighting microscope

Fayetteville, NC -

NORTH CAROLINA (AP) - A North Carolina university is showing off a sophisticated microscope that helped solve a murder case.

Fayetteville State University is holding Science Night on Wednesday. The event features the school's electron microprobe, which was purchased with a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense.

The microprobe model at Fayetteville State is said to be one of only three in the world. Others are at Yale University and Exxon Mobil. The device helped the Wake County district attorney's office convict a man in a local murder case.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder in March after a soil expert testified that dirt on the man's clothes and shoes matched soil samples from where the victim was found. Experts used the school's microprobe to analyze the soil.

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