A Massachusetts murder 12 years ago has been solved by DNA on a sweet potato, leading to the arrest of DeVars Hampton. Photo: CNN
Boston: After 12 years, American police have solved a blind murder case, in which the most important role is a sweet potato, which the killer threw at the crime scene after using it, and it had the killer’s DNA on it.
On February 27, 2011, 31-year-old Todd Lampley was shot and killed in a Massachusetts home. But now police have arrested DeVars Hampton, 40, but have not yet charged him.
According to the police, the deceased was living in a house in the village of Hyans, and after the incident, a sweet potato with bullet shells was found outside his bedroom window. The raw yam was cut on one side and flattened and a regular hole was inserted into it. Then it was also seen that the front end of the fruit was split. According to the police, yams were thus used as a silencer.
Twelve years ago, DNA of the accused was also found on the same sweet potato, which was preserved by the police. The police then noted that the alleged killer had made a dozen calls to another accomplice who was inside the victim’s house before and after the incident.
A third key piece of evidence is that DeVars Hampton was wearing a bracelet with a GPS system and was on record as being in the vicinity of Todd’s home at the time of the murder. Although he was arrested a few weeks after the murder, he denied the crime until now. Then in 2016, without telling him, police collected his saliva and matched it with DNA found at the crime scene, confirming it. Now with this evidence they have been produced in the court.