JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two First Coast families now have some closure after the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that it solved two cold murder cases.
Michael V. Franklin was arrested in the 1998 murder of Michael Bouey and Michael Jerome Williams was arrested in the 1999 murder of Andrea Clements. JSO determined that Williams and Franklin were suspects through DNA matching.
Bouey was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery.
Director of Investigations and Homeland Security Mike Williams said it was a complicated case and no suspect information ever developed at that time.
Last year in March, Director Williams said detectives reviewed the case and found that with new technology available, there were items that could lead to new information.
That DNA evidence linked police to previous offender Michael Franklin. Director Williams said police arrested Franklin on Friday.
Michael Williams is now in jail charged with first degree murder, armed robbery, armed burglary with assault, battery, sexual battery and kidnapping.
Clemens, 40, was found strangled to death in the Palms Hotel on Main Street in February 1999.
The case went cold until 2008 when a piece of evidence submitted during the initial investigation turned up a connection to a known offender in the national DNA database.
Through 2009 and parts of 2012, police continued to submit evidence from the original crime scene for DNA testing using new technology.
With forensic information and police interviews police arrested Michael Jerome Williams in December of last year. He was already serving a life sentence for a 1999 murder he committed in Georgia.
Director Mike Williams said JSO has been using the grant to try and close about 500 cold homicide and sexual battery cases. He's confident there are about 78 that the grant will help investigators solve.
First Coast News