Police make arrest in cold case from 2008

File photo from April 25, 2008
File photo from April 25, 2008

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Cold case detectives said they have made an arrest in a murder from nearly six years ago.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Theodis Guillory, 31, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the shooting death of Willie Mitchell, 52. He is charged with second-degree murder.

Mitchell was shot and killed on North 37th Street near Cain Street on April 25, 2008.

Cpl. Don Coppola said Guillory was linked as the shooter through DNA and Mitchell's girlfriend, who witnessed the shooting.

He added investigators have determined the two men got into an argument, which eventually resulted in the deadly shooting.

Detectives with BRPD's Cold Case division were going through any evidence in cases that had not been cleared when they came across a piece of evidence in the Mitchell cold case.  That piece, an empty can of beer, was sent off to the State Police Crime Lab for testing and the DNA came back linking Guillory to the murder.

BRPD's Cold Case division started in early 2012 with nearly 330 cold cases, some dating back to the early 60's.  John Dauthier is over the division.  A federal grant has helped fund the division paying for the detectives' overtime to go through evidence.  The funding for that grant came to an end last week, the same day the key piece of evidence on the Mitchell case returned linking Guillory to the murder.  Now, any overtime spent on cold cases will have to be paid for by BRPD.

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