Cigarette Butt Helps Police Arrest Mom's Day Homicide Suspect

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Police in Texas have lastly arrested a person suspected of the brutal Mom’s Day homicide greater than a yr in the past because of superior DNA testing and a discarded cigarette butt.

The Baytown Police Division introduced on Fb that 29-year-old Byron Lloyd Collins was arrested on Friday for the Might 2016 loss of life of Nataliya Shal.

Shal’s physique was found inside her West Baker condo on Might eight after the girl’s husband known as police to carry out a welfare test.

Shal’s husband was out of city for work on the time of the homicide.

Authorities mentioned the 50-year-old mom of 1 had been stabbed in her again a number of occasions. Court docket data present that she had additionally been sexually assaulted, KHOU stories.

Police collected DNA proof from the scene of the crime and have been capable of give you a sketch of a person seen speaking to Shal the day she was murdered, however weren’t capable of slender down a suspect or make any arrests.

It wasn’t till earlier this yr when investigators bought a break within the case.

In June, police used the Mixed DNA Index System to have the crime scene DNA examined for any familial hyperlinks to present inmates.

Investigators bought a match and realized the killer’s brother was already in jail and had DNA within the system.

By means of a means of elimination, police zeroed in on Collins.

Detectives carried out surveillance on Collins and picked up a cigarette butt he discarded to have it examined.

When it got here again as a match to the crime scene DNA, Collins was introduced in for questioning.

Police mentioned Collins was arrested on the Lakes of Madera Flats, the identical advanced the place the homicide occurred.

“We take these instances very personally just because we perceive how necessary they’re to the victims and their households,” Baytown police Lt. Steve Dorris instructed the Houston Chronicle. “That is a kind of instances the place the items of the puzzle all type of fall collectively.”

Dorris mentioned Collins didn’t “outright confess” and police nonetheless do not have a motive for the brutal crime.

Collins is being held within the Harris County Jail with out bail on capital homicide expenses.

If convicted, he faces life in jail or the loss of life penalty.

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