DNA Helps Identify Suspect in Woman’s 1989 Sexual Assault, Murder

September 26, 2008 - With the help of DNA technology, Houston police homicide investigators have learned the identity of the suspect wanted in a 1989 sexual assault and murder of a woman at 9415 Westheimer.

The suspect, Larry Lee Lewis (b/m, DOB 8-25-70), is charged with capital murder in the 337th State District Court in the killing of Betty Gott Paul, 53, of 9415 Westheimer. Lewis is currently serving jail time for another murder he was charged in.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant E. Mehl and Officer C. Park of the Cold Case Unit reported:

Ms. Paul was found dead in the bedroom of her apartment in the early morning hours on January 27, 1989. Her hands had been bound. Ms. Paul was strangled and sexually assaulted. An investigation determined her van was stolen from her apartment complex.

Examination of trace evidence resulted in a male DNA profile that was placed in a database, matching the profile of Larry Lee Lewis.

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