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DNA helps nab suspect in 2011 fatal shooting

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Published 12:52 pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013

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  • Rodrick Damion Mitchell Photo: HPD
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DNA has helped police nab the suspect in the 2011 shooting death of a man at an apartment complex in south Houston.

Rodrick Damion Mitchell, 36, is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Hao Anh Huynh, 22, about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 18, 2011 at the Catalina Village Apartments at 3560 Dixie Drive.

Police said officers were dispatched to the complex after residents complained about loud noise. When the officers arrived, they heard several gunshots. Then they found Huynh lying in the complex courtyard. He had been shot twice and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said witnesses told investigators they saw a man driving away from the scene after the shooting in a white Chevrolet. Also, crime-scene investigators gathered firearms evidence and other items at the scene. The evidence was later tested for DNA. The results, police said, were put into a national DNA database. On March 20, investigators learned Mitchell's DNA was identified on one of the articles tested.

He was arrested Tuesday without incident.

Witness identified him as the man they had seen driving away from the scene moments after the shooting.