DNA Labs International Identifies Suspect in Six-Year-Old Murder Case

 DNA Labs International, a private forensic laboratory, tied Jason David Martinez, to a 2011 Coral Springs murder, using DNA left on a discarded juice bottle and blood found at the crime scene.

Kadian Andre Garfield Roper, left, Jason David Martinez (Broward Sheriff's Office, courtesy)
Kadian Andre Garfield Roper, left, Jason David Martinez (Broward Sheriff’s Office, courtesy)
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Deerfield Beach, FL (Ammoland.com) – In 2011, Michael Hamilton of Coral Springs was found dead in his apartment where he had been killed during a robbery gone awry. Hamilton’s roommate found him stabbed to death with his empty wallet beside him. Several other items were also missing from the apartment. Six years later, two suspects have been apprehended thanks to DNA left on a lemonade bottle and spit found on the ground.

It began when the Coral Springs Police Department approached suspect Jason David Martinez in Manhattan and requested he submit a DNA sample. He refused but they were able to obtain a DNA sample from his discarded lemonade bottle. The bottle was submitted to DNA Labs International, a private forensic laboratory in Broward County, Florida, to process the DNA. DNA Labs International was able to determine that the DNA profile obtained from the bottle matched a profile of DNA found in multiple blood drops left at the crime scene in 2011.

Following the positive identification of his DNA found at the crime scene, Martinez was arrested on Long Island, where he was residing and has been extradited back to Broward County on suspicion of committing the 2011 murder.

He and Kadian Andre Garfield Roper, the second suspect who was IDed from his spit by a Broward Sherriff’s crime lab technician, are currently being held without bond in a Broward County jail.

For more information regarding the case, read the full news report from Sun Sentinel.

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About DNA Labs International:

Since 2004, DNA Labs International has been providing clients with exceptional quality service based on open communications, equal attention to the importance of every case and accurate and reliable results every time. They provide the latest technology available to solve cases; such as the M-VAC®, a wet vacuum DNA collection tool and STRmix®, a software program that can solve previously inconclusive DNA results. They can now achieve comparable DNA results from spent shell casings! DNA Labs International is accredited by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the country’s longest established provider of ISO 17025 accreditation to Forensic Sciences testing laboratories in the U.S. www.dnalabsinternational.com

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Short answer, Yes. I understand that all DNA testing labs for heredity are making their analysis reports open to the FBI for review and search.

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Jim Macklin

DNA can “prove” you’re innocent because they have you and the samples from the crime scene. If you don’t match the truth can set you free. But DNA testing is expensive, hope it gets done. But with unknown suspects, identification probably depends on an identified criminal being arrested and possibly convicted being required to be DNA tested and that DNA being on-line to review of open and closed cases that are under appeal. On TV they advertise DNA testing to find out that your DNA matches DNA from every invading army. I wonder are those DNA test results shared with… Read more »