Terrence Miller, 78, was discovered responsible of homicide Monday afternoon within the dying of Jody Loomis, in keeping with the Snohomish County Superior Courtroom clerk’s workplace. The jury was not instructed throughout their deliberations that Miller was believed to be lifeless.
Miller’s physique was discovered at residence by a member of the family, in keeping with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Workplace. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Workplace on Tuesday confirmed the dying was suicide.
He had been free in the course of the trial on a $1 million bond.
Prosecutor Craig Matheson instructed CNN that authorties remorse the way in which the matter ended, however added, “We obtained a solution, whether or not Mr. Miller was there or not. It doesn’t diminish the decision.”
Matheson stated the Loomis household was knowledgeable of the dying, and their response was “stoic.”
DNA proof broke the case
The case dates to August 1972, when Loomis, 20, left her residence and rode her bicycle towards a steady to trip her horse. Her physique was discovered disrobed and shot within the head within the woods, authorities stated.
Beforehand, DNA proof from the crime scene might solely be in comparison with a selected suspect or put into restricted nationwide databases to search out direct matches.
However with genetic family tree, that very same DNA proof could be put into the free web site GEDMatch, which then reveals a listing of prolonged relations who’re associated to the perpetrator. That permits investigators to start zeroing in on those that could have had shut contact with the sufferer primarily based on different public info.
CNN’s Eric Levenson and Natasha Chen contributed to this story.