Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube just told Bradenton Herald reporter Robert Napper that his investigators have charged Delmer Smith, a suspect in several home invasion attacks in Manatee and Sarasota, with killing Kathleen Briles in her Terra Ceia home last August.
Read the story here.
Here's a timeline in the case:
Feb. 22, 2009 – Officials first recover the DNA of a man who attacked a Sarasota woman in her home.
April 28 – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announces that that evidence matches DNA found at the scene of another home invasion attack. Investigators, however, are not able to identify who the DNA belongs to.
Aug. 3 – Palmetto Dr. James Briles finds his wife beaten to death and bound in their Terra Ceia living room. According to sheriff's reports, she was killed by a blow to the head by a sewing machine.
Oct. 5 – Sarasota sheriff’s officials announce the arrest Delmer Smith III in four invasions in which several women were beaten, and two raped. Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight also announceds that Smith is a former convicted felon and the FBI had his DNA throughout the attacks.
Oct. 6 – A Bradenton Herald investigation reveals Smith’s DNA had not been entered into a federal database due a backlog at the FBI's laboratory.
Oct. 21 – Dr. Briles make a public plea for information on the killing of his wife.A $50,000 reward is offered for any information that leads to an arrest.
Feb. 11 - Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube announces that Smith is being charged with killing Kathleen Briles. He said items found in a storage bin used by Smith were taken from her home during the attack.
Source: Bradenton Herald archives.