Georgia man may be linked to Connecticut killings

(Bridgeport, Conn.-AP) June 7, 2006 - Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, say new DNA testing has linked a Georgia man to the killings of four women in Bridgeport in the early 1990s, and investigators believe he may have been involved in up to six other homicides in the city.

Police told the Connecticut Post that detectives recently went to the D. Ray James Correctional Facility in Folkston, Georgia, and charged 40-year-old Emanuel Lovell Webb with murder in the killing of 34-year-old Elizabeth "Maxine" Gandy on April 19, 1993.

Webb is being held at the Georgia prison on a parole violation. Bridgeport State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict says authorities have been talking with Georgia officials about extraditing Webb to Connecticut.

Benedict credited the Bridgeport police Cold Case Unit with being persistent in its review of the killings of about 15 Bridgeport women in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The unit began taking a second look at the homicides in 2000.

The two members of the Cold Case Unit, Detectives Heitor Teixeira and Robert Sherback, found that ten of the killings had some similarities.

The detectives sent evidence from four homicide cases to the FBI, so that federal authorities could compare the samples with DNA profiles of convicted felons nationwide stored in the Combined DNA Identification System. The DNA technology and nationwide profiles were not available in the early 1990s.

Police say the identification system recorded DNA "hits" for Webb in all four cases. The cases included the killings of Gandy, Sharon Cunningham, Minnie Sutton and Sheila Etheridge.

Posted 8:49am by Bryce Mursch