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Cigarette Butt DNA Helps Close 30-Year-Old Maine Murder Case

December 08, 2011  | 

A discarded cigarette butt led to the arrest of Jay Mercier in a 31-year-old murder case. Mercier, of Industry, Maine, was charged with murder on Sept. 28 in the July 5, 1980, death of Rita St. Peter and pleaded not guilty on Oct. 6. On Monday, he was denied bail by Judge John Mercier, said Deputy Attorney General William Stokes.

Maine State Police Detective Bryant Jacques said in an affidavit that on Jan. 15, 2010, he interviewed Mercier outside of his home in Industry. Mercier was smoking a cigarette and discarded it in the roadway while the two discussed the St. Peter investigation. After the meeting, Jacques collected the cigarette butt and delivered it to the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory in Augusta for processing.

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gduffey @ 12/9/2011 8:22 AM

Suspect's last name is the same as the Judge's last name, how weird. Do not beleive they are related to one another, but hope another judge hears the case to remove any doubt.

Frank @ 12/10/2011 3:30 AM

See smoking is bad for your health! Another dumb scumbag found guilty by his own stupid actions.

rich @ 3/22/2012 2:26 PM

awesome justice was served

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