TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Mar 23, 2017
A fingerprint on a beer can helped solve the 30-year-old homicide cold case that Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston filed charges in earlier this week, the Times Free Press reports. At the scene of the crime of the 1989 stabbing death of James “Richard” Layne at the La Plaza motel in Chattanooga, a beer can with a fingerprint was discovered, but it wasn’t until 2016 that a match was found. A print taken from Samuel Edward Reeves during a DUI arrest connected him to the crime, which he later admitted to.