Man indicted in 1989 Maple Heights murder - WNEM TV 5

Man indicted in 1989 Maple Heights murder

Posted: Updated: Dec 6, 2012 09:19 AM
Eric Register, indicted in cold case murder Eric Register, indicted in cold case murder
MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

On July 19, 1989, a family member of Armond Earl contacted Maple Heights Police to report him missing. Maple Heights Police proceeded to the victim's apartment located in the 5300 block of Lee Road.

After several attempts to see if someone was home, officials knocked down the apartment door and observed the victim's nude body lying on the living room floor.

The bloody crime scene demonstrated the vicious nature of the murder.

It was determined that the crime had occurred several days prior to locating the body.

Officers noticed four wounds: two in the forehead area, and two in the chest area.

The Deputy Coroner determined the stab wounds had possibly been made by a screwdriver.

One of the items the police had preserved from the crime scene was a bath tub drain.

The bath tub drain was recently tested at the Regional Crime Lab. A DNA profile was developed which also matched to blood found on a screwdriver left at the scene.

The DNA was matched to Eric Register. Register's DNA also commingled with the blood of the victim. The assailant had also left a bloody fingerprint impression on a fan found lying next to the victim.

For more than 20 years, police attempted to determine whose bloody fingerprint was left at the scene.

The Cold Case Unit submitted a request to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to compare the fingerprints of suspect Register to the bloody print found at the scene of the murder.

The bloody fingerprint was made by Register.

Working with the Maple Heights Police Detectives, the Cold Case Unit reopened the Armond Earl murder case in February 2010.

Register was indicted on six counts: aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary, and felonious assault. Register is scheduled to be arraigned on December 11.

Copyright 2012 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Suspect in fatal church shooting charged with murder

    Suspect in fatal church shooting charged with murder

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:12 AM EDT2017-09-25 04:12:45 GMT

    The suspect in the fatal shooting at an Antioch church will be charged with one count of murder in connection with the shooting on Sunday morning, police said.

    More >

    The suspect in the fatal shooting at an Antioch church will be charged with one count of murder in connection with the shooting on Sunday morning, police said.

    More >
  • Meijer bakery employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

    Meijer bakery employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

    Friday, September 22 2017 8:55 AM EDT2017-09-22 12:55:52 GMT
    (Source: Meijer)(Source: Meijer)

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed a bakery food worker at the Meijer store located at 1015 Pickard Street in Mt. Pleasant was diagnosed with the illness.

    More >

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed a bakery food worker at the Meijer store located at 1015 Pickard Street in Mt. Pleasant was diagnosed with the illness.

    More >
  • Taco Bell to open 300 new locations that will serve alcohol

    Taco Bell to open 300 new locations that will serve alcohol

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 5:29 AM EDT2017-09-20 09:29:05 GMT
    (Wikimedia Commons)(Wikimedia Commons)

    Taco Bell is about to put booze on the menu at more than 300 new locations.

    More >

    Taco Bell is about to put booze on the menu at more than 300 new locations.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.