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Officials Say DNA Technology Solves Texoma Cold Case

Authorities say DNA evidence proves Jack Wesley Melton of Paris killed 69-year-old Florence Martin at her home back in October 1994.
    Advances in DNA technology have solved a lot of cold cases in recent years, and now another advancement has apparently led to an arrest in one of Texoma's oldest unsolved murders.
    Sixty-nine year-old Florence Martin was shot execution style three times back in October of 1994 in her secluded home northeast of Seymour.
    Authorities never had a suspect, or even motive, only a crudely drawn sketch of a mystery man seen in the area that day, until recently, when computers made a link from DNA from the scene to a man arrested last month in Paris, TX for violation of his parole.
    Fifty-year-old Jack Wesley Melton of Paris has served time for burglary, sexual assault and indecent exposure, and is a registered sex offender.
    He was arrested for violation of parole, and while in jail, a new method of matching crime scene DNA with more recent DNA  samples led to his arrest for the murder.
    Ten years after Martin's death, we talked to a former Baylor County deputy who was one of the first on the scene, and he held out hope then that advances in DNA science could still find her killer.
    Chuck Morris said, "There's been a lot of changes and updates and new ways to obtain DNA evidence I suppose. And they're hoping that may shed some light on what happened."
    The only lead authorities had at the time was a witness who saw a man with a scraggly beard hitchhiking in the area.
    A man was questioned, but then ruled out as a suspect.
    Melton's parole was to expire in 2018, but Baylor County Sheriff Bob Elliot says he will be held in the Jack County Jail until his trial in Seymour.
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