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DNA cracks 2008 break-in case

Posted January 11, 2010

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— The Halifax County Sheriff's Office says that DNA testing results finally allowed them to arrest the suspect in an August 2008 break-in.

During the initial investigation, detectives named Henry Doumaine Stevenson, 30, as a suspect, but didn't have enough evidence to arrest him, authorities said. Investigators submitted samples from Stevenson and from blood found throughout the house to the State Bureau of Investigation.

They waited 1½ years for the testing to be done, but the results came back a match, authorities said. Stevenson, of Roanoke Rapids, was arrested on charges of breaking-and-entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

"This shows that even though DNA takes some time to be analyzed, it is a very valuable tool to investigators," Detective J.A. Merritt said in a news release. "The SBI is currently working hard to reduce the backlog to reduce the wait time for DNA analysis."

Stevenson was given a $3,000 bond and has a Jan. 20 court date.

His criminal record dates to 1997 and includes convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault and driving while impaired, according to state Department of Correction records.

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  • ghimmy51 Jan 12, 2010

    I've been hearing "The SBI is working hard to reduce the backlog" for too many years now. I no longer believe it. Let's face it folks; like anything else, DNA testing is a series of technical tasks that you can train any moderately intelligent person to do in at most a few months. I don't see why advanced degrees are necessary for a TECHNICIAN. SBI should stop trying to increase their in-house degree count and budget and WE should DEMAND the Gov. put a training program in place and LET'S GET IT DONE!

  • meh2 Jan 12, 2010

    Wow - a year and a half - it's good to see that our tax dollars are being spent to protect us rather than on overseas trips for politicians. Is this a great, overtaxed state or what?