Dec 17, 2009 7:44 PM by Jim Hummel
Local, state and federal officials held a news conference in Baton Rouge Thursday to reveal more information regarding the arrest of 43-year-old Jeffery Lee Guillory.
Officials say Guillory is a serial killer, and is responsible for the deaths of three women from Baton Rouge.
"We have him, that's a great thing for Baton Rouge, for this community, but God for those families," said Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff.
Also at the news conference were family members of Renee Newman, who police say was killed by Guillory back in 2002.
"We all prayed together, and we're all very happy that this has come to a close," said her brother, Baton Rouge officer Kevin Newman.
Guillory has an extensive rap sheet, extending beyond the Capitol city. In December of 2007 he was identified as the suspect in the attempted murder of Johnnie Martinez on the Evangeline Thruway in Lafayette. He was arrested about a month later in Baton Rouge, and brought to Lafayette in March of 2008.
While in prison, his DNA was cross-checked with cold cases. The first match, DNA at the scene of the Renee Newman murder. The next year, a second match in another case. Guillory was brought back to Baton Rouge in June of this year on a fraud charge, stemming from the incident in Lafayette.
"At the time, he attacked and robbed the woman in Lafayette, he apparently used an ATM card of hers in Baton Rouge, so we were able to identify him and get a warrant for his arrest," said Sergeant Don Kelly with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Officials hope to solve more cold cases with future advancements in DNA technology. Since 2008, a backlog of DNA at the state police crime lab has been reduced by 60%.