A man was charged Thursday in the bloody stabbing of a 68-year-old woman in her bed that happened 15 years ago.
Gary Hames, 57, has been charged in the killing that occurred in a duplex on Ridge Avenue, off West Boulevard.
On Jan. 7, 2000, Lottie Mae Webb was stabbed in her bed after the perpetrator cut themselves on a window leaving blood stains on the kitchen floor, refrigerator, hallways, and bathroom while breaking in.
Neighbors had called police after not seeing Webb all day and noticing the broken window.
The investigation into Webb’s death and who left the blood had remained unsolved until now.
Police had collected DNA from the home after they found Webb’s body, but were unable to lock down a suspect due to technological limitations, according to homicide Capt. Cecil Brisbon.
With new capabilities today, police were able to match the DNA from the blood collected at Webb’s house to Hames, a Mecklenburg County Superior Court warrant said.
The case was reopened in 2013, and Hames received charges of felony breaking and entering, armed robbery, and murder on Thursday.
Hames is currently serving time at Green Correctional Institution for habitual breaking and entering. He has also been arrested in Mecklenburg County 46 times for different offenses, according to police.