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New development in DNA test for Starkville murder case

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Updated: 6/04/2013 4:33 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Starkville police have just released the results of a DNA test in a more than 20 year old double murder case in Starkville.

WTVA's C.J. LeMaster has just interviewed Starkville Detective Bill Lott about those results.

The DNA was of Felix Vail who is a suspect in other murders, and Detective Lott says Vail's DNA profile does not match the DNA profile of from one of the victim's in Starkville.

Betty Jones and Katherine Crigler were raped and murdered nearly 24 years old in Starkville.

Lott tells that specifically, Vail did not rape the two women in that case, but Lott says he has not ruled out Vail completely.

But, Lott says evidence does suggest just one suspect in the Starkville murders.

Starkville Police Chief David Lindley told WTVA News last Friday that authorities put thousands of man-hours into investigating the case.

He says they will continue until it is solved.

News surfaced several days ago that they would test Vail's DNA to see if he could be a suspect.

Vail was arrested in Louisiana in May for the murder of his wife more than 50 years ago.

According to a previous story, Vail was in Starkville at the time of the murders.

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