A 20-year-old Columbus man who just got out of prison earlier this month is arrested again after DNA pins him as the suspect in a July 8, 2015 armed robbery, rape and home burglary.
Jamory Ross was arrested Wednesday on those charges, according to a Columbus Police Department press release.
The 2015 incident occurred two weeks after he turned 18.
Investigators recovered clothing from the original scene and the state Crime Lab extracted DNA from that evidence. That DNA was entered into a national database operated by the FBI called CODIS (Combined DNA Index System).
“Once DNA is entered into CODIS, it is constantly checked against new samples from persons convicted of other crimes,” said Police Chief Fred Shelton. “The state now takes DNA samples from all prisoners, and that is how we got our match.”
“DNA evidence solves crimes,” said Austin Shepherd, the director of the Columbus Crime Lab. “DNA analysis takes time, but it works, and this case is an example of the process.”
“This starts when police arrive at this terrible situation and begin work immediately to gather evidence and catch the suspect,” Shelton said. “The trained professionals gathered this evidence, processed it and submitted it to CODIS and here almost three years later, we get a DNA match and an arrest.”
Ross was denied bond when he appeared before a judge this week. He is being held in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.
The arrest puts him in a crime spree during that time in 2015. He was arrested that summer and indicted in October for breaking into a van belonging to Myra Hairston on July 16, 2015 and stealing a Dell laptop computer.
Ross, who only went to the ninth grade at Columbus High, pleaded guilty in December 2016 and was given a seven-year suspended sentence, with five years post-release supervision.
But that didn’t last long. In January 2017, prosecutors filed papers to revoke his suspended sentence after he was arrested on Jan.11, 2017 for resisting arrest, false information, possession of marijuana and other charges.
On May 27, 2017, he was sentenced to serve the seven years. Under the state’s current sentencing laws, he was releasedMay 2, 2018 after serving less than a year.
During that same period during the second half of 2015, Ross also was arrested on armed robbery and burglary charges but those were dropped, according to court records.
Ross turns 21 next month.