DNA Test Frees Texas Man from Life Sentence and Leads to Arrest and Confession of New Murder Suspect

In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 file photo, Lydell Grant smiles in court after he was ordered to be released on bond in Houston. On Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said that Grant has been cleared in the death of 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn.
Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle, AP

A new DNA test of a victim’s fingernail from a 2010 murder has freed one man from prison after seven years and led Houston authorities to arrest another suspect in Georgia who has confessed to the killing, according to authorities.

Lydell Grant, 42, who was serving a life sentence, was freed on bond last month after the new evidence surfaced. Houston District Attorney Kim Ogg said Friday that Grant was found innocent of killing 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn outside a Houston club.

The new test, using more advanced DNA technology, not only cleared Grant but resulted in a hit on the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System that pointed to 41-year-old Jermarico Carter.

Carter was arrested Thursday in Georgia and confessed to the killing, Ogg said.

“The highest responsibility of a prosecutor is to see that justice is done and ensuring that we have the correct individual charged is a baseline responsibility,” Ogg said in a statement.

The district attorney said Houston police had determined that Carter was also in the vicinity of the Houston club where Scheerhoorn had sought help after being stabbed. Police said Scheerhoorn was turned away from the club.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doug Stanlin