DNA used to convict man in 25-year-old murder case - FOX 13 News

DNA used to convict man in 25-year-old murder case

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Sharon Moss was raped and murdered 25 years ago. Her killer got away until today, says Hillsborough State Prosecutor Ron Gale.

"The man that sits there today is a murderer and a rapist," Gale said, pointing to Shrader in the courtroom.

George Shrader already had blood on his hands when he killed Sharon Moss in 1986. He had a few hours of freedom as he was waiting to be sentenced for murdering his uncle. Prosecutors told the jury Friday that during those hours of freedom, he killed Sharon Moss.

"He's the one who killed her and we know that because he left his blood there as well, because while he was stabbing her, he injured himself, " Gale said.

Moss's murder would go unsolved for 25 years, until detectives got a huge break in the case. Shrader would find himself in the hands of law enforcement again after he was arrested for beating his wife.

While in jail, authorities collected his DNA, and suddenly, they got a hit.

Shrader was charged with Sharon Moss's murder.

During his murder trial, Shrader's defense attorney Robert Fraser acknowledged the DNA evidence was overwhelming -- but claimed it was voodoo science.

"You heard the evidence and my point was can't it be trusted, " Fraser said.

But the defense's sprinkle of doubt didn't seem to impact the jury. After deliberating for three hours, the jury found George Shrader guilty of first degree murder.

For the Moss family, the long wait for justice is finally over.

Shrader will be sentenced on May 16. He could face life in prison.

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