Jack was charged Tuesday with capital murder in connection with the sexual assault and slaying of Ella Sterling, whose partially clothed body was found June 20, 2005, in brush behind a Fort Worth convenience store. The arrest came after cold case investigator Sarah Jane Waters identified clothing that could be screened for evidence using current forensic testing.
And that’s not the only case made recently by Waters using DNA evidence.
The second cold case is nearly 30 years old, to the day.
On March 13, 1983, popular Fort Worth pawn shop owner Melvin Lavine was shot to death during a home invasion robbery.
Benjamin W. Bewley, who is in the Taylor County Jail on charges of felony driving while intoxicated and parole violation, now faces a charge of capital murder on accusations that he fatally shot Lavine.
The break came after Waters submitted evidence from the back door of Lavine’s home. A DNA profile was developed and it pointed to Bewley.
-- Bill Miller