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DNA evidence nails down same suspect in two cases

Updated: Wednesday, August 13 2014, 06:19 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- Thanks to use of forensic evidence, prosecutors say two separate cases, including a recent Jefferson County home invasion, can move forward with one suspect.
Doren Thomas pleaded not guilty of aggravated burglary and robbery in an April invasion case of a Cross Creek home.
"Terrible situation for the homeowners,” Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said. “These people were alone in their home. Mr. Thomas came in there with two other individuals with their faces covered and attempted to take their jewelry -- their personal computer."
Thomas also pleaded not guilty to another pair of charges of burglary and theft from 2011.
"We had a case out in Wintersville that was a couple of years old,” Hanlin said. “We had a break-in -- didn't have any eyewitnesses -- but there was some blood there. And if you fast forward to the more recent crime, a DNA sample was taken from (Thomas) when he was apprehended."
That sample matched him to the 2011 case.
Despite the lapse of a few years, both cases were presented to the grand jury last week, landing Thomas in a county courtroom Wednesday.
Authorities are looking at two other individuals who may be connected to the Cross Creek home invasion. Thomas is the only one to be indicted. He’ll remain in jail on $100,000 as he awaits his next court appearance.


DNA evidence nails down same suspect in two cases


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