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DNA link found in 2005 Roanoke shooting death

Tuesday - 5/21/2013, 7:19am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Court records show a recent DNA hit has linked a man to evidence left at the scene of a 2005 shooting death.

The Roanoke Times reports ( a warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court reveals that a match was found in April for DNA evidence recovered from the Aug. 16, 2005 shooting of 23-year-old Jamie Lavar Penn. Authorities located the person whose DNA matched the evidence and took a swab of the man's DNA Saturday for comparison.

That person has not been charged in the case.

Penn was found with multiple close- range gunshot wounds in a rental car. Police found a red lighter on the ground next to the vehicle.

Originally, it did not match the DNA of anyone in a national database, but a match was reported in April.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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