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LA Police Identify Suspect in 1994 Murder

Associated Press

October 07, 2010

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles police detectives have identified a suspect in the 1994 murder of an elderly Studio City man who was killed by a burglar.

Police said Wednesday that Kevin Bernard Smith, an inmate serving time in a Mississippi prison for a narcotics conviction, was tied to the murder of Rupert Thompson with DNA evidence.

Thompson and his wife were sleeping when he heard breaking glass early one morning in January 1994.

An intruder beat Thompson and shot him and his wife. She later said the gunman left her for dead.

Smith has been brought back to California to face charges, which are pending.

A detective broke the cold case when he ordered new DNA tests on old physical evidence and found a match.


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    toutvabien

    almost 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    Great police work! I'm so glad technology and science is moving at the pace that it is, definitely helps find (or in this case, keep) the criminals and put them behind bars.

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    95Zcar

    almost 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Excellent!

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50392 Comments

    Great police work.

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    grant319

    almost 4 years ago

    1208 Comments

    Nice work to all involved/

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