New tech helps deputies make arrest in attempted murder

Brandon Berry (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Brandon Berry (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is praising a new piece of technology that helped solve an attempted murder and armed robbery.

Lott says the equipment, which can generate DNA profiles in just 90 minutes, identified 23-year-old Brandon Berry in connection with the incident.

Investigators were able to pull DNA evidence from the scene that led them to Berry.

Sheriff's deputies said Berry attempted to rob a man on Oakcrest Drive back on July 29. Investigators said a struggle ensued, and Berry fired off several shots at the victim before fleeing the scene.

The victim was taken to Palmetto Health Richland with non-life threatening injuries.

Berry was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center for a bond hearing.

The technology, according to Lott, would have normally cost $200,000, but was given to the department for free because of the "excellence" of the lab.

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