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TWENTY FIVE YEAR OLD MURDER CASE REOPENED
Berkeley Detectives Arrest Triple Homicide Suspect
Berkeley, California (Thursday, December 08, 2005) - On Saturday December 3rd, US Customs arrested Edward Michael Mills as he entered the United States on a Berkeley Homicide Warrant. This case stems from the triple murder that occurred on February 26, 1980. In this case Edward’s parents, Al and Jeannie Mills and his younger sister Daphene, were found murdered in their home at 2731 Woolsey Street. Mills, who was17 years old at the time, was home when the shootings took place. He was unharmed and claimed he was unaware that the murders had taken place. Although the initial investigation revealed gunshot residue on Edward’s hands, at the time there was not enough evidence to make an arrest.
Two years ago this case was reexamined as part of the Berkeley Police Department’s efforts to review evidence in unsolved cases using new investigative methods and technology. Based on this approach, investigators were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Edward Mills for the 1980 murders. As Mills returned to the United States, he was arrested on this warrant. Investigators have submitted the case for the District Attorney to review.