STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Court docket paperwork say DNA proof on the scene of the homicide of 82-year-old Wilma Ball led to the charging of 29-year-old Matthew Hoover.
Steuben County Chief Deputy Michael Meeks says with out the superior expertise used to match the DNA discovered contained in the Lake James dwelling, he’s unsure a suspect would have been charged this quickly.
Meeks says DNA evaluation has revolutionized prison investigations like this one.
“It’s a sport changer in terms of figuring out suspects,” Meeks stated. “The probabilities of a case being solved now could be tremendously elevated in comparison with 30 or 40 years in the past.”
He says it’s nearly unimaginable for a perpetrator to not depart DNA proof behind.
“One thing’s at all times taken from the crime scene, and one thing’s at all times left,” he stated.
Court docket paperwork say Hoover left behind two beer cans and investigators despatched them to the Indiana State Police lab for the DNA evaluation.
“Matching a suspect profile to one thing from the scene, it’s this particular person and the probabilities of it being one other particular person is like 1 in 8 trillion,” Meeks stated. “They’re fairly sure it’s this particular person.”
Meeks says as we speak’s expertise may even analyze microscopic DNA.
“It began again within the late 80s utilizing DNA for a prison case, and again then it was solely blood DNA,” he stated. “Now, quick ahead to as we speak, you’ll be able to hint with just about any bodily fluid.”
Meeks says it’s essential that they proceed to develop higher DNA tracing to convey justice to extra households.
“Sadly, there’s nothing we will do to convey the sufferer again, however we will do all the things we will to convey justice,” he stated.
Meeks says at their Steuben County jail they take DNA samples from each one who is arrested for his or her DNA tracing database.
Matthew Hoover’s trial date is ready for November 29th.