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Hair may link suspect to murder sites

Investigators in the five student slayings in Gainesville last year said hair evidence could tie suspect Edward Humphrey to two of the three crime scenes, a television station reported Wednesday. St. Petersburg-based WTSP-TV based its report on a search warrant issued for a car that Humphrey had left in Ordway, Colo., after being arrested there for disorderly conduct about two weeks before the student slayings.

In an affidavit authorities used to get the warrant, Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigator A.L. Strope said, "Evidence found at the scenes of these crimes indicate the probability that Humphrey was present at at least two of the three crime scenes."

The March 12 affidavit released Wednesday also states that the FDLE laboratory in Jacksonville found pubic hairs at the first two crime scenes were similar to pubic hairs taken from Humphrey. "

Hair evidence, experts note, is not by itself sufficient evidence for prosecution.

At least one other person was believed to be involved in the murders, the affidavit states, and Humphrey "made certain statements placing him in the area of the homicides" when he was questioned Aug. 30.

Humphrey drove a gray, 1979 Cadillac to Ordway about two weeks prior to the killings. Humphrey was arrested there for disorderly conduct, but the charges were dropped. He flew back to Florida and left the Cadillac behind.

Humphrey, a 19-year-old former University of Florida student, is currently serving a 22-month sentence at the State Mental Hospital in Chattahoochee for assaulting his grandmother last fall.

No one has been charged in the slayings that occurred over a two-day period last August, but Danny Rolling has been named a prime suspect in the case. Rolling is jailed in Marion County on a robbery charge. Rolling is also a suspect in a triple slaying in Shreveport, La., and in the attempted murder of his father.

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