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Jul 13, 2016

Police Await Forensics Results to Lay Charges in Lopez Murder

Michael Lopez

Last Wednesday, twenty-two-year-old Michael Lopez was slain in front of his home on Jones Street, a few hours after a pair of unrelated murders in the Old Capital.  Immediately following the incident, two men riding on a motorcycle not far from where the shooting took place were detained by police for questioning.  Not only did they fit the description of the alleged attackers, they also had what appeared to be bloodstained clothing, presumably from a struggle with their quarry.  The men were taken into custody and held for forty-eight hours during which samples of the blood found on the clothing were sent abroad for forensic testing.  The window during which charges should have been brought against the duo had since elapsed and they were subsequently released from custody.  That was several days later.  But where are police tonight, in respect of their investigation into Lopez’s murder?  According to Senior Superintendent Alden Dawson, they are awaiting the results of the sample.

 

Alden Dawson

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson, Deputy O.C., Eastern Division South

“Like Mr. Williams said, I think earlier to the media, that the evidence that we had collected has been sent to lab internationally and we are awaiting a response from those people to move forward.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, have these persons been released?”

 

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson

“Yes, they were interviewed and released.”

 

Reporter

“Have they given anything to cooperate with the police in trying to explain what happened there?”

 

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson

“No, they didn’t cooperate with us along that angle.”

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