Cigarette Butt Leads To Break In 31-Year-Old Maine Murder Case


Dec 7 (Reuters) - DNA evidence from a discarded cigarette butt has led to an arrest in a 31-year-old Maine murder case, in which a young woman was slain after leaving a bar late at night, authorities say.

A laboratory matched DNA from one of suspect Jay Mercier's cigarette butts with sperm found on the body of victim Rita St. Pierre, Maine Deputy Attorney General William Stokes said.

Mercier smoked the cigarette outside his house during an interview with police, who picked up the butt and had it tested, he said.

St. Pierre, 20, was killed after leaving a bar to walk or hitchhike home late on July 4, 1980.

Her partially nude body was found near a road in the small town of Anson, Maine. She had been bludgeoned and run over by a vehicle, according to a state police affidavit.

Mercier, a laborer, was identified as a so-called person of interest after witnesses told investigators they had seen him alone in his truck near the bar when St. Pierre left.

During the initial investigation, although police searched his truck and took prints of its tire treads, they did not find enough evidence to arrest him, the affidavit said.

However, during an interview with a state police detective outside his house in Industry, Maine, in January 2010, Mercier smoked cigarettes, it said. He denied ever meeting St. Pierre or having sex with her, it said.

Police Detective Bryant Jacques gathered one of Mercier's cigarette butts, according to the affidavit.

The DNA match enabled police to get a warrant allowing them to swab Mercier's mouth for more DNA and other tests, Stokes said.

Mercier, 56, entered a plea of not guilty to murder in state court in Somerset County, Maine, on Monday. He was arrested in September and denied bail.

John Alsop, Mercier's court-appointed defense lawyer, has argued for his client to be released pending trial, which is likely to be scheduled for the middle of next year.

"He has been confronted by the police literally from Day One," Alsop said. "He's always denied involvement."



Humor is reason gone mad
Is about time for David Caruso to be either putting on or taking off his shades?


Tounge puncher of fart boxes
The butt provided a........ Smoking Gun. yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Motor Head

This may have been a cold case.......Butt it just heated up. yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


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And to continue the trend,

"I bet this guy never thought a cigarette would kill him ... by the electric chair."

I can't get the wording right.

Mother Shucker

I'm over here now.
Smoking is bad for you. Especially if you came on some chick and then killed her.

Buster H

Wackbag Staff
"he never thought we could catch him.... butt..........


well shit the bed
he laughed for 31 years........but became the butt of his own joke yyeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh

Voodoo Ben

The African Dream
that means its time to call Jimcy, M.E.!