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Tax Cheat’s DNA Breaks Cold Murder Case

Last October, David Lee Hedrick was found guilty by a Florida jury of failing to pay sales tax to the state. In 2007, he had sold $764,000 worth of televisions to Tishman Hotel Corp., the owner of the Swan and Dolphin hotels at Walt Disney World, properly withheld $72,000 in sales tax, but never remitted the funds to the state. He was sentenced to fifteen years probation.

We read stories about taxpayers failing to remit sales tax all the time. What’s interesting about this story is what we learned after the conviction. As a convicted felon, Mr. Hedrick was required to provide the state his DNA.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Hedrick’s DNA matched a blood sample taken from a murder scene over twenty years ago. On Monday, Hedrick was charged with first-degree murder.

Hedrick was a temporary employee at MyComp, the computer store where Betty Clair Foster was brutally murdered in 1991. At the time, authorities had no idea who killed her or why. Thanks to advanced technology and the DNA requirement, authorities now have a very strong idea regarding the who.

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