BAYTOWN, Texas – A breakthrough in a long downtime of murder in Baytown, Texas, has come in the form of a discarded cigarette butt.
The Beaumont Enterprise reports that Byron Lloyd Collins was picked up by the authorities last week at the same complex where 50-year-old Natalia Shal was discovered killed on 8 May 2016.
The crime scene DNA does not initially match what is in the police databases.
In the beginning of 2017, researchers learned about the use of familial DNA testing to help identify suspects not already in the system.
In June, they got a hit, which corresponds to the DNA-Collins’ brother in the prison.
Surveilling Collins, police matched his discarded cigarette to the place of the crime on Dec. 18.
The 29-year-old is charged with capital murder and is being held without bond. It is not clear whether he has a lawyer.