BATON ROUGE, La. – DNA evidence has cleared the Washington-area sniper suspects of any connection to the serial killings of three Baton Rouge women, police said Wednesday.
Samples taken from John Muhammad and his teenage companion John Lee Malvo did not match DNA left behind in the three murders, said police spokeswoman Cpl. Mary Ann Godawa.
The three serial killer victims, all women, were linked by DNA evidence this summer.
Police had said they believed a link to the sniper suspects was unlikely, but Muhammad's family had placed Muhammad, 41, and Malvo, 17, in Baton Rouge over the past year; the two are also charged in the murder of a local beauty supply store manager.
Muhammed and Malvo have been accused of shooting 18 people, killing 13 and wounding five in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. No one was hit in another incident, in which a bullet went through a craft store window.
Virginia is the first state scheduled to try the men on first-degree murder charges.