New DNA technology used to connect defendant to the murder

Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the INDICTMENT, by a Fulton County Grand Jury, of 61-year-old JERRY LEE.

On Friday, November 16, 2018, a Fulton County Grand Jury indicted Jerry Lee for the 1997 murder of 28-year-old Lorrie Ann Smith. Lee shot Smith in the back while burglarizing her home on Stonewall Tell Road in South Fulton County on May 25, 1997. A significant amount of the suspect’s blood was found at the scene, but without modern DNA testing, the killer was unable to be identified. Recently, using a new form of modern DNA technology, investigators were able to determine the blood belonged to a member of Lee’s family. Investigators went to Lee’s home in September and obtained a DNA sample from the defendant which ultimately matched the blood found at the crime scene in 1997. Lee was arrested and extradited to Georgia.

Lee faces (6) counts in the indictment including:

  • MURDER
  • FELONY MURDER
  • ARMED ROBBERY
  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
  • BURGLARY
  • POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY

 

A copy of the indictment will be available when it is certified and filed with the
FULTON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CLERK’S OFFICE