Nine-year-old cold case solved

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 8:14pm

Police say JoAnn King, 28, put her newborn baby in a dumpster on Iberia Street in 2002. Nine years later, it was DNA evidence that led Baton Rouge Police to her.

"They brought her down, interviewed her, and she ultimately admitted to disposing of the baby," says BRPD spokesperson Tommy Stubbs. "The city and the police department are grateful that we can bring this to some kind of closure."

Police say they couldn't have done it alone.

"The [State Police] Crime Lab plays a tremendous role in what we do and we couldn't function without them," says Stubbs.

The Crime Lab processes evidence within days, making it easier for police to track down crime suspects. With their new backlog reduction strategy, certain cases will see results quickly.

"When they come in to submit evidence, we let the customers and the agencies set the priority to the case," says Sgt. Len Marie with State Police. "That allows us to process evidence in the crime lab a little more efficiently."

State Police say the work in teh crime lab is made easier by the investigators out in the field. "You can't get any better than police officers doing good solid police work ahead of time," he says.

They're using teamwork to bring one more mystery to a close.

"Murder is one of those crimes that we look at and we investigate it until we solve it," says Stubbs. "We're going to see more arrests in the future between us and the State Police Crime Lab."

King is booked in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. She's charged with First Degree Murder.

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