A Washington state man might be tried in a 1989 homicide after his co-worker swiped his discarded Coke can and helped detectives remedy the case, in response to experiences.
Timothy Bass, 51, is about to go on trial for the rape and homicide of 18-year-old Amanda “Mandy” Stavik, who went lacking whereas on a jog close to her house in Acme, the Washington Put up reported.
The teenager’s physique was discovered three days after her disappearance, however her killer remained a thriller for almost three a long time.
The break within the chilly case got here in August 2017 when Bass’ colleague at Franz Bakery Outlet discovered he was a suspect within the homicide.
The bakery co-worker — whose id hasn’t been launched — stated she got here up with the thought as a result of she felt an ethical responsibility to assist with the investigation, in response to the Washington Put up.
She reportedly secretly grabbed Bass’ Coke can and plastic cup after he completed his lunch — then gave proof to detectives who despatched it to against the law lab.
The outcomes indicated that Bass’ DNA was a one-in-11-quadrillion match to the DNA recovered from the crime scene.
Bass’ lawyer argued that the proof shouldn’t be used at his trial as a result of it was the results of an unlawful search. However a decide dominated that the search didn’t violate Bass’ rights as a result of the co-worker wasn’t appearing as an agent of regulation enforcement.
The trial is scheduled to start in April.