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DNA leads police to suspect in 3-year-old burglary case

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 4:30 am

Killeen police made an arrest in a nearly 3-year-old burglary case of a local building after matching the suspect’s DNA to blood left at the scene of the crime.

Ray Charles Pickett Jr. was arraigned on a charge of burglary of a habitation Wednesday by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke in connection with the burglary, which took place in August 2011.

According to an arrest affidavit, tools and part of an air conditioner were removed from the building during the burglary. According to an arrest affidavit, a blood smear was left at the scene.

Police retrieved a sample of the blood, and sent it to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s laboratory for testing.

The results came back with a DNA match to Pickett with a “reasonable degree of scientific certainty.”

Pickett is in Bell County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000.

Cooke also arraigned the following individuals on unrelated charges Tuesday:

  • Taron Marquise Tillman-Ratliff, 17, a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Tillman-Ratliff’s bail was set at $20,000.
  • William Tiwayne Collier II, 32, of Killeen, criminal mischief, less than $20,000. Collier’s bail was set at $20,000.

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