WOBURN, Mass., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- James Lewis, suspected in the 1982 Tylenol killings, has been ordered by a Massachusetts judge to surrender DNA samples to investigators, media reported Friday.
ABC News and the Chicago Sun-Times reported unnamed sources said a Middlesex Superior Court judge directed Lewis to submit his genetic samples in the case, for which he has long been the only suspect.
The Sun-Times said Lewis, 63, appeared in a closed hearing Wednesday and also was ordered to provide fingerprints and palm prints to comply with a DuPage County, Ill., grand jury subpoena. His wife also was ordered to provide samples, the newspaper said.
DuPage County and Cook County in Illinois are both investigating the murder case. Lewis now lives in the Boston area.
No one has ever been charged in the 27-year-old case in which seven Chicago-area residents were poisoned by Extra Strength Tylenol contaminated with cyanide. However, Lewis served 13 years in prison for his 1983 conviction for trying to extort $1 million from Johnson & Johnson, the pain-killer maker's parent company, ABC said.
The deaths ignited a nationwide scare that led to more secure packaging for medicines and food.
The Sun-Times said the FBI's investigation of the case is moving forward now because of advances in forensic technology and new tips. Investigators raided Lewis's Boston-area home and storage lockers.
"The investigation into the 1982 Tylenol killings is still ongoing," FBI Special Agent Ross Rice told ABC's Chicago affiliate WLS-TV. "No arrests have been made and no criminal charges filed."