Crime Scene Unit Helps Solve Cold CasesJun 12, 2012
By Summer Moore
About five weeks ago, Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Ashley Pletcher came to Crime Scene Unit investigator Tom Johnson with Pauline McCoy’s murder case file from 1986.
|Sgt. James Gordon of the Crime Scene Unit packages a weapon at their office. Courtesy of Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff|
Although Johnson said he could not speak about McCoy’s case specifically, McCoy’s grandson told The Chronicle that investigators told him they were able to get a positive ID from fingerprints left at the scene more than 25 years ago.
“Technology is always changing,” Johnson said. “Things are a lot different now.”
Jimmy Lee Riley was arrested on charges of armed robbery, burglary, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and murder in connection with McCoy’s slaying.
The Crime Scene Unit has powders, digital cameras, chemicals and numerous other tools they use to re-examine old evidence, Johnson said. The team spends much of its time on cold cases.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle