SEYMOUR, Texas (AP) - Investigators say DNA evidence has linked a convicted sex offender to a 1994 North Texas slaying.
Baylor County Sheriff Bob Elliott said Wednesday that 50-year-old Jack Wesley Melton of Paris, Texas, was arrested May 9th for parole violation.
Elliott said routine DNA tests linked Melton to the October 1994 shooting of 69-year-old Florence Kate Martin at her home near Mabelle. Elliott said Martin apparently was a random victim.
Melton was sentenced to 30 years for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony in 1988. He was paroled in 1991. Details on his sex offender record weren't immediately available.
Bond has been set at $500,000 for Melton. His attorney did not immediately return a message Wednesday.