CPSO: DNA links Sulphur man to Moss Bluff burglary

August 19, 2009 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

*published Aug. 19, 2009
Authorities believe blood at scene result of cut suffered by intruder.
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says another old case has been solved through DNA testing by the recently certified Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab.

Last week, Catlin C. Richard, 21, of Sulphur, was arrested for a June 2005 burglary in Moss Bluff. He was charged with burglary, theft and criminal property damage.

Judge Kent Savoie set his bond at $51,000.

Officials in 2005 collected samples of blood from several rooms in the burglarized house and determined the burglar had cut himself when he broke a window to get inside, authorities said.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said last week that state and FBI crime labs give priority to violent crime cases, leaving samples from other cases to languish on long waiting lists.

The area lab was certified to be a part of the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, two months ago.

On July 31, the 2005 samples were matched to Richard, and he was charged Aug. 13. At the time, he was being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on other charges.

The Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab reportedly has 50 to 60 backlogged crime scene samples to input and analyze.

When a sample is matched to a person in the database, it has to be rerun within 30 days by another analyst to confirm the match, said Cmdr. Matt Viator.

Viator said that before the area lab was nationally certified, officers here had to contract with other CODIS-certified labs if they needed a national search.

Samples that are backlogged in state and federal labs can be recalled by local law enforcement agencies to be submitted to the area lab.

CODIS is funded by the FBI and was created as a searchable national database for local DNA labs.

In addition to this latest case, CODIS hits have led to arrests for 13 other crimes: two burglaries and four rapes for the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office; one rape and five burglaries for Lake Charles police; and one burglary for the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On the Net: http://www.dna.gov.

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