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DNA Sample Leads to Arrest in 2009 Sumter Killing
Monday, January 30, 2012

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say DNA linked a man currently in jail on a burglary charge to an unsolved killing in Sumter County three years ago.

Investigators said they collected DNA from 51-year-old James Earnest Butler after he was arrested in May on a burglary charge. The State Law Enforcement Division recently matched that DNA sample to evidence collected from 66-year-old James Davis' home.

Police say Davis was killed in his Sumter home in February 2009 by a blow to his head during a burglary. Investigators had exhausted all their leads before getting the DNA match.

Butler has been sent to a state prison to serve a sentence on unrelated charges. He will be brought back to Sumter County to face charges later. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/crimestoppers/article/170643/28/DNA-Sample-Leads-to-Arrest-in-2009-Sumter-Killing

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