DNA breaks cold case

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Posted: Jan 4, 2010 8:11 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jan 5, 2010 8:36 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: cold case, Utah, Matthew Breck, DNA

DNA testing cracked a cold case in Utah where a young girl was stabbed to death 12-years ago. Matthew Breck is charged with murder and sexual abuse of a child. He was already in prison on an unrelated sexual-abuse charge involving another young girl in Idaho. Twelve-year old Anna Palmer was found stabbed in the family home by her mother in Salt Lake City in 1998. She was stabbed five times including one wound that severed her spinal cord. Prosecutors say DNA found under Palmer's fingernails matched a DNA profile of Breck in the FBI database. Breck lived about a block from the Palmer house and witnesses say they saw a man in the area fitting his description at the time of the murder. Breck was not questioned in 1998.

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