Inmate charged with church burglary after DNA match

| May 6, 2010

DURANT — A man already jailed on several charges is now charged with burglarizing a church after DNA found at the scene was matched to him through a state database.

Jody Don Ross, 29, is charged with second-degree burglary for the Dec. 5, 2009, burglary of First Presbyterian Church, 501 N. 15th Ave.

Durant Police Detective Brian Chavez began investigating and found blood in the area of a broken window. Chavez collected three Buccal swabs of the samples and sent them to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for analysis, an affidavit states.

On April 12, Chavez received results from the OSBI and those results showed a potential DNA match through the state’s Combined DNA Index System database. According to the affidavit, the DNA was matched to Ross, who was already in the Bryan County Jail for other crimes.

Chavez questioned Ross, who admitted to breaking into the church. The affidavit states that Ross said he broke in to obtain money for food. He said he spent the night and stole a guitar that he sold for $20, and then used the money to buy food.

Ross has been in jail since January on charges of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. He is accused of getting into the back seat of a car parked at a convenience store and robbing two women and forcing them to drive off.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University Police Officer James Heil stopped the vehicle early that morning for traveling the wrong way and the two women jumped out, screaming that a man in the car had a knife.

Ross fled, according to police, and was arrested later that morning after he was found sleeping in a room at the Hallie McKinney Building.

In March, he was charged with assault and battery upon a corrections officer. According to the sheriff’s office, Ross punched a jailer in the face.

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