HARTFORD, Conn. — Authorities hope to solve a 16-year-old Hartford cold case murder using new genetic genealogy testing made possible by a grant from the Department of Justice.
On May 6, 2005, gunshots rang out on George Street in Hartford after a fistfight. Edward “Little Man” Bell, 34, was shot multiple times and died 30 minutes after arriving at the hospital.
Bell left behind children who want their father's killer found.
The case received a boost when the state received a three-year, $470,000 grant from the Justice Department, the New Haven Register reported.
The money will be used to enable investigators to work with forensic genealogists to analyze DNA and build a family tree that could show connections to a potential suspect that wouldn’t have been evident at the time of the crime.
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