DNA links crime to accused serial burglar

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 1:32pm

Evidence recovered at the scene of a residential burglary has closed an unsolved case and identified the suspect as a man already behind bars charged with several other similar crimes.

Back on May 12, 2011, Shreveport Police Officer Kim Slayton was called to a residential burglary at a house in the 3100 block of Cedar Creek Drive in the Cedars neighborhood. Upon arrival, Officer Slayton found an unknown suspect or suspects had apparently entered the empty residence by breaking out a back window. Officer Slayton was able to recover blood evidence from the crime scene which was in turn submitted to the North Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis.

Detectives were notified this week that the DNA evidence recovered from the burglarized residence had been matched to 20-year old William Ward. Ward, of Shreveport, had been arrested on May 24, 2011 and was charged with a burglary in west Shreveport but later bonded out. He was subsequently arrested again on September 30, 2011 for six more counts of burglary. Ward, who is currently in jail at the Caddo Correctional Center, has been charged with an additional count of simple burglary in connection with the crime on Cedar Creek Drive.

From Shreveport Police Department

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