Sharron Eugene Gadlin Wiki – Biography
Sharron Eugene Gadlin was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Cheri Huss on April 24, 1994, according to a news release from the Riverside County District Attorney.
DNA evidence taken from a bite mark left on a victim led California detectives to charge a man with murder nearly 28 years after a woman was stabbed to death in her apartment, officials said Tuesday.
“I hope Cheri and her family will finally get the justice they deserve and have waited so long for,” District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a statement.
He is 48 years old.
Cheri Huss Murder
According to the news release, Huss, 39, was stabbed multiple times and bitten by her killer during the attack in her apartment in Desert Hot Springs, a city about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.
The release said Huss fought her attacker, investigators concluded at the time, which caused the killer to leave blood at the crime scene.
Forensic testing showed DNA from the male attacker’s blood matched the DNA of the saliva from bite marks found on Huss, the release said.
Last month, the Riverside County Regional Cold Case Team identified Gadlin as a person of interest after using forensic genetic genealogy and discovering that he lived about 12 miles from Huss’ apartment at the time of the killing, the DA’s office said.
Investigators obtained a saliva sample from Gadlin on February 14, and days later, the state’s justice department lab matched Gadlin’s DNA to the profile of the suspected killer, the release said.
Sharron Eugene Gadlin Arrested
Court records show that Gadlin remains in custody on a $1 million bail. CNN reached out to his public defender for comment but has not yet received a response.