A Houston man has been arrested in four murders of women that go back to 1986. The mysteries may have been solved by a Dallas crime lab that has a contract with Houston for evidence testing, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The cases involve a 15-year-old to left her family apartment in 1986 to catch a bus, a 21-year-old who left home to walk to work in 1992, a 9-year-old who walked to a store in 1994, and a 16-year-old who was planning to hitchhike in 1995. All were strangled, and three were sexually assaulted. Yesterday, Houston police Anthony Allen Shore with four counts of capital murder.
After Houston’s troubled crime lab was closed last yar, the city used independent labs for testing. Investigators several weeks ago sent evidence in one of the cases to a lab in Dallas. Houston police attributed the case’s solution to advances in DNA analysis.
After the lab called on Friday with the results, Shore was arrested at 4:15 p.m. that day. Police said he acknowledged his involvement in the four killings and the assault of a 14-year-old girl in 1993. The 41-year-old tow-truck driver has been a registered sex offender since January 1998.