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October 26, 2012

Blood evidence links burglary to suspect

— Blood left at a crime scene in March has lead Limestone County Sheriff’s investigators to a suspect in a string of burglaries.

However, the man is already charged with murder in connection with the May 19 wreck in Morgan County that killed 68-year-old Bessie Yarbrough Stovall of Decatur. Mitchell Dillan Lindsey, 20, has been charged with third-degree burglary for breaking into Clements Mini Mart, Catfish Cabin II, Tanner Chevron station and a Shell station on U.S. 72 in Athens on March 27 or 28.

Investigators believe Lindsay is the man, captured on surveillance video, breaking into a window at Clements Mini Mart on March 27 and stealing a cash register containing $5,000 in cash.

The same night, someone broke into the four businesses by tossing rocks through glass doors or windows. There was also a vehicle break-in at Clements High School.

At the Mini Mart heist, the suspect left an unintended calling card for authorities — a large amount of blood.

“When he was developed as a suspect, they got a DNA sample from a mouth swab after he was arrested in Morgan County recently,” Blakely said. “They got the DNA sample back from the forensics laboratory, and the blood matched the blood sample they had from the crime scene.”

Lindsay told authorities he was high on prescription drugs when he committed the burglaries.

He also tested positive for drugs following the wreck that killed Stovall, authorities said.  Lindsey was allegedly fleeing authorities in a stolen car when he struck her vehicle.

— Jonathan Deal contributed to this story.

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