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Saginaw man's DNA matches cold case murder evidence

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The Kent Metro Cold Case Team matched 5-year-old DNA from a 2009 murder to a Saginaw man.

Teivariol Davonte-Darnell Moore, 26, of Saginaw, was arrested on Aug. 12 and charged with second-degree murder of William Parnell, 56, of Grand Rapids.

Parnell was found dead in his residence at 1131 Diamond Ave., Grand Rapids on Sept. 9, 2009. His hands and feet were bound and he died from blunt force trauma, police said.

DNA evidence was located early in the investigation and compared to a number of persons of interests. One subject refused to provide his DNA and there was not enough evidence to force him to comply, police said.

In 2013 investigators developed enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for Moore's DNA. His DNA matched the evidence left at the scene, police said.

Moore was transported to Grand Rapids and interviewed by cold case investigators on Aug. 12, 2014. He confessed to his involvement in Parnell's murder, police said.

Moore stated while visiting Parnell they got into a physical altercation. When Moore realized Parnell had died he bound his hands and feet to make it appear as if a robbery had occurred, police said.

This is the 17th cold case solved by the Kent Metro Cold Case Team.

The Kent Metro Cold Case Team consists of detectives from the Grand Rapids Police Department, Kent County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police.

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