The Gwinnett County Police Department Cold Case Unit has obtained an arrest warrant for murder against a 26-year-old man in connection with the 2008 death of a 58-year-old Sugar Hill woman.
"The matching DNA belonged to Gerson Salmeron-Diaz. It was later determined Diaz was Binkele’s neighbor at the time of the murder, but was not in the area during the period of the investigation," Smith explained.
Between the time of the murder and the time of the CODIS hit, Salmeron-Diaz had been deported to El Salvador following an unrelated arrest. He returned to the United States and was arrested again on Dec. 11, 2013, in Arizona after he and five other suspects were apprehended by U.S. Park Rangers while transporting nearly 400 pounds of marijuana. After his conviction, his DNA was obtained and entered into CODIS, leading to the match in the Sugar Hill homicide case.
GCPD detectives traveled to New Mexico where Salmeron-Diaz is being held in federal prison.
"They conducted an interview with him and obtained a DNA sample to be used as confirmation of the CODIS hit," Smith said. "Detectives returned to Georgia and continued to conduct a follow up investigation. As a result of the investigation a warrant for murder was obtained for Salmeron-Diaz."
Salmeron-Diaz remains in custody at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico. Upon his release. he will be transported to Gwinnett County to face the murder charge.
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