Marshall County sheriff’s investigators used DNA evidence to solve a burglary from last year.

On June 29, 2020, deputies responded to an alarm call near Grant.

When they arrived, they found a side window leading into the garage had been broken.

“Blood was visible on the broken glass and the floor below the window,” said Marshall County Sheriff’s Assistant Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie. “Deputies then cleared the residence and collected evidence.”

Marshall County investigators submitted blood samples taken from the crime scene to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville.

On Jan. 22, 2021, investigators got word that the DNA found at the residence matched that of Cole Dewight Duncan of Word Mountain Road in Grant, near where the burglary occurred.

Duncan was arrested this week and charged with burglary an theft of property.

His bond was set at $13,000.

Note: An arrest is an accusation made by law enforcement or other complaining party. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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