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Man Arrested After DNA Links Him to Murder

Man Arrested After DNA Links Him to Murder



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Ashley Hayes ReportingSalt Lake police arrested a man last night at a detox facility for committing a murder two years ago. Police made the arrest based on DNA evidence they received earlier in the morning.

Yesterday morning police announced they had a DNA match to link their suspect 40 year-old Michael Jones to the cold case murder of 28 year-old Tara Brennan. Last night they took him into custody.

Police say Jones' DNA was found on the belt wrapped around Brennan's neck and also on a cigarette butt in her car. The law school student was stabbed to death and left in the back seat.

Last night Salt Lake City police went looking for Jones and found him staying at a detox facility...

Lt. Gary Layton, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: "they came here thinking that he might be here. When they got here they were able to see him through a window. I don't know if that was an outside window or an inside window or exactly how it was set up, but three of the officers positively identified him as being in there."

Officers surrounded the building while they waited to go inside. They arrested Jones without a problem. He is in jail this afternoon.

In earlier court documents, Jones admitted to being with Brennan the day she was killed. He said he sold her drugs and when he left she was fine. Brennan was home on break from classes when she was killed. She was attending law school in San Francisco while she was home on break from classes two years ago.

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