DNA on knife handle leads to man’s arrest
Months after a 58-year-old woman was found stabbed to death inside a home on West Jackson Street in east Orange County, a suspect was arrested Monday night.
Gary Maurice Brumfield Jr., 25, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the killing of Vera Denise Jones. He was booked into the Orange County Jail about 7:15 p.m.
If convicted as charged, he faces the possibility of life in prison.
Documents made public after Brumfield’s arrests shed light on the circumstances of the woman’s killing, about which the Sheriff’s Office had previously released few details.
According to an affidavit, deputies responded to the home on the 4200 block of West Jackson Street near Lake Mann the night of July 13 to find Jones dead on the living room floor.
She was partially covered with a blanket and wearing only a shirt, and had “numerous stab wounds” and cuts to her body, Detective Tabares Parker wrote.
The detective learned that “numerous” people had been renting a room at the home, the affidavit said.
A bloody knife and clublike object believed to have been used in the killing were also found inside the house, Parker wrote.
An autopsy discovered multiple skull fractures, in addition to the stab wounds.
Detectives focused on Brumfield after learning that he had been living in the house and had made threats against Jones in the past, the affidavit said.
In an interview with detectives, Brumfield denied involvement in Jones’ death, claiming he was not in the house at the time that she was killed, the affidavit said.
However, tests matched DNA found on the knife handle and the club to a sample taken from Brumfield during his interview, Parker wrote.
Brumfield had appeared to have a cut on his hand at the time of the interview, the detective noted.
No motive for the killing was revealed in court documents.
During a brief initial court appearance Tuesday morning, a judge ordered Brumfield held without bail.
The assistant public defender representing Brumfield, Lakeisha Hayling, argued he should be allowed to post bail, noting he lived in the home, which could explain the DNA.
“All we have here is circumstantial evidence,” she said.