DNA Evidence Leads To Arrest In 30-Year-Old Texas Murder Case

DNA evidence has led to an arrest in the 30-year-old case of the murder of a businessman in Texas.

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FORT WORTH (March 8, 2013)--DNA evidence has tied a 48-year-old man to the 1983 cold case killing of a businessman in North Texas.

Benjamin Bewley is a prison parolee who was arrested in November in a West Texas DWI case.

Jail officials in Abilene say Bewley was held without bond Friday on charges of driving while intoxicated and violating his parole.

He's now also facing a charge of capital murder.

Fort Worth pawnshop owner Melvin Lavine was shot to death in March 1983 during a robber at his home.

Police working the case sent DNA evidence to a federal database and recently confirmed a match.

Bewley was sentenced in 1992 to 20 years in prison for burglary and paroled in 2004.


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