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Sep 28, 2010 10:32 AM by Nichole Larkey

La. Traffic Stop led to TX Murder Arrest


LIVONIA, La. - A Louisiana traffic stop led Texas
authorities to the man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in March 1996 and leaving her body under a bridge in Chambers County.
Livonia Police Officer John Thibodaux stopped a car in January for swerving between lanes in Livonia. He arrested 45-year-old Kevin Edison Smith on a drug possession charge.
Louisiana police can take DNA samples during drug arrests. Smith's went into a national database.
Texas authorities announced Friday that he is being held on $1 million bond in the death of Krystal Jean Baker. Texas City, Texas, Police Chief Robert Burby says his officers found a DNA match on Sept. 14.
Thibodeaux says he was overwhelmed when he learned about his part in the case.


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