Detectives use DNA to solve 2 cold cases

Detectives use DNA to solve 2 cold cases

Brian Sturgeon (left), John Thompson (right)

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Posted on August 27, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 5:10 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - It was a murder that kept Louisville police guessing for 14 years.

Now officials say they're confident a suspect is in custody.

Detectives used a DNA database to indict Brian Sturgeon for the 1995 murder of Deborah Wright.

They say Sturgeon was in South Carolina awaiting trial for another murder.

When he was booked into jail there, his DNA was swabbed and came back as a match in the Wright case.

The detective says the news brought a sense of closure to Wright's family.

Detectives say they also used DNA to make a second arrest in a sexual abuse case from April of 2007.

Police say 22-year-old John Thompson worked at Norton Audubon Hospital at the time a patient was sexually abused.

He was arrested last week and was indicted for first degree sexual abuse.

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