DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2009 cold case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - 5-year old DNA evidence has helped the Kent County Metro Cold Case team solve a 2009 murder.

26-year-old Teivariol Moore, of Saginaw, is charged with the murder of 56-year-old William Parnell, of Grand Rapids.

Moore was arrested Tuesday, and charged with second-degree murder.

The cold case team was able to tie Moore to the crime scene with DNA evidence.

Just this week, he was interviewed by detectives and admitted to his role in the murder.

Moore was one of the original suspects back in 2009, but because he was never convicted of a violent crime, his DNA wasn't on file, he refused to cooperate with investigators; and police at the time didn't have enough evidence to force Moore to supply it.

In 2013, the Kent County Metro Cold Case Task Force revisited the case and focused on Moore, specifically his alibis.

"(We) were able to disprove his alibis, which gave us ultimately enough probable cause to get a search warrant for his DNA," said Detective Sergeant Sally Wolter, with the cold case team.

Moore was arraigned Wednesday morning, on a charge of second-degree murder.

If convicted this will be the 17th cold case solved by the Kent County Metro Task Force.