3 years later: DNA testing leads to arrest of burglary suspect

It’s like something from Forensic Files Forensic Files – No Witnesses. No Leads. No Problem.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCS0) reports that a 32-year-old man, Lamarquis Huff, has been arrested in connection with a Flowery Branch burglary that occurred in 2018. Huff was picked up Friday at the Newton County Jail in Covington and returned to Hall County.

Flowery Branch Police said Tuesday that Huff is charged with a break-in that occurred on Birch Block Way on Feb. 12, 2018. Assistant Police Chief Todd Templeton said the burglar entered the residence by breaking a window and once inside took various electronics and jewelry. Officers collected blood samples from the broken window and sent them to the GBI Crime lab for analysis and processing.

In July, Templeton added, Flowery Branch investigators learned of a DNA match related to those blood samples. “Lamarquis Huff, 32, of Conyers was identified as the burglary suspect. Investigators determined Huff was already incarcerated in another jurisdiction for unrelated burglary offenses.”

On Aug. 1, warrants were issued charging him with the Flowery Branch burglary leading to his return to Gainesville last week. He was booked into the Hall County Jail and has been freed on $5,000 bond, according to a Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.