DNA sample clears old cases

ALBANY, Ga. — A law requiring DNA samples from criminals sent District Attorney Greg Edwards to the grand jury Thursday seeking indictments for crimes almost four years old.

The grand jury indicted Randy Bryant Jr. on three counts of burglary and four counts of theft by taking, according to grand jury documents.

Edwards said that Bryant was convicted of four felonies in May 2010, which gave access to a sample of his DNA. Using a DNA database, investigators matched the 2010 DNA with DNA from three burglaries, two in 2008 and one in 2009.

“He broke windows in three different houses during a burglary,” Edwards said. “He left blood and DNA at the houses.”

According to the grand jury indictment, Bryant broke into residences on the 500 block of Cochran Avenue, the 600 block of Gaines Avenue and the 600 block of Roadway Street. He stole jewelry, cash, electronic, video gaming systems, a .380-caliber pistol and other items.

Investigators could access Bryant’s DNA because of his convictions for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, robbery by intimidation and aggravated assault, burglary and other crimes in 2010.

“DNA is a great tool law enforcement can use to identify suspects,” Edwards said. “That is how the allegations in this case developed.”