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DNA discovery in Kilgore homicide case


A major development in the investigation of an East Texas store clerk's murder, as one suspect is identified through DNA.

On January 10th of last year, 25-year-old Renee Garrett was shot and killed in a robbery of an adult video store in Kilgore. Although they're not saying who it is, Kilgore police say they have identified at least one suspect in the murder of Garrett.

"I would definitely consider it a major lead over the last several months we've developed multiple suspects," says Kilgore Police Lieutenant Roman Roberson.

A special unit of police and Texas Rangers combed through crime scene evidence. Physical evidence that has led to identifying one of the three suspects involved in the robbery and homicide.

"Actually able to recover some evidence on scene and were able to link that evidence to one of the involved parties," Roberson says.

Garrett was found dead with a gunshot wound just after midnight on January 10 at the adult video store on Industrial Avenue, where she worked.

"DNA is a smoking gun. You really can't overcome it, it's going to put that person at the scene," says Roberson.

Money and a cash box were taken. Police say Garrett offered no resistance, handing over what she was told, but she was shot anyway.

"Its definitely a heavy burden especially for the investigators, I mean they want to solve the case. They want to take a killer off the street," he says.

Police now say for those responsible it is now only a matter of time.

"We're confident we will be making an arrest in this case hopefully shortly," Roberson says.

The FBI and Texas rangers are still working with Kilgore police on this case.

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