DNA match cracks 2015 Columbus cold case

Jamory Ross | Photo: Columbus PD

DNA evidence cracked a cold case in Columbus from several years ago.

Posted: May 11, 2018 2:45 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - DNA evidence cracked a cold case in Columbus from several years ago.

Jamory Ross, 20, of Columbus, was arrested on Wednesday, May 9 by Columbus police after a positive DNA match from the 2015 incident.

He's accused of breaking into a Columbus home on July 8, 2015, sexually assaulting the victim, then burglarizing the home.

Officers were able to recover DNA from the original scene, which was processed by detectives at the time. The DNA was then entered into a national database operated by the FBI.

Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton says once DNA is entered into the database, it is constantly checked against new samples from people convicted of other crimes.

"The state now takes DNA samples from all prisoners and that is how we got our match," he said.

"DNA analysis takes time, but it works," said Austin Shepherd, director of the Columbus Crime Lab. "And this case is an example of the process."

Ross was denied bond when he appeared before a judge. He's currently in the Lowndes County jail.

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