I saw this news account from Hartford, Connecticut about a guy being arrested and charged with the murder of an 11 year old girl in Florida in 1996. What other similar cases might be linked to him? If there are others (and there probably are others) then having a list of others available to police interrogators might be helpful. Any missing children which fit the description, location, time frame, or circumstances might have been victims of this guy.
Sex Offender Arrested in Girl's Death
17 March 2006
Hartford - A database of DNA from convicted sex offenders has linked a Connecticut man to the rape and killing of an 11-year-old girl in Florida almost 10 years ago, police said yesterday.
Robert S. Mitchell, 43, of New Britain was charged Wednesday with being a fugitive from justice and was expected to be extradited to Florida to face charges after a hearing yesterday.
The body of sixth-grader Cherie Morrisette of Jacksonville, Fla. was found Dec. 8, 1996, in the St. John's River about 10 miles from the apartment she shared with her mother and sister.
1985 - 1996
(Body Discovered: December 8, 1996)Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Comments: Eleven-year old Cherie was last seen by her sister when she left home after an argument. At the time, her mother was not at home. Six days later, her body was found about ten miles away floating in the St. Johns River.
Initially her death was ruled accidental as her body was fully clothed and there were no bruises or signs of trauma, but laboratory tests later discovered semen in her panties.
In 2006, 43-year old Robert Shelton Mitchell was arrested in connection with Cherie’s death. His involvement was discovered through a national DNA database. Whilst he has reportedly confessed to raping Cherie, he denies killing her.
Does anyone know if a trial was ever held in Florida for Robert Shelton Mitchell? And if so, what were the results of that trial?
I love DNA!
I wonder if he was checked out for the murder of Jennifer Odom in Feb 1993 murder? Anyone know?