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Fingerprint leads officials to suspect

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A recently identified fingerprint discovered at the scene of a 2006 burglary at a rural Brazil home has linked a Terre Haute man to the crime.

According to court documents, in October 2006, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Dept. and Indiana State Police (ISP) were called to investigate the theft of approximately $11,000 worth of property taken from a residence on S.R. 340 while the homeowner was away at work. During the investigation by an ISP evidence technician, fingerprints were discovered which could not be identified at the time.

The fingerprints were loaded into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (A.F.I.S.) that houses unidentified latent fingerprints and remained there until Jordan Ryan Guess' fingerprints were taken and matched during an unrelated arrest in Vigo County.

On July 13, Guess, 20, appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson to plead not guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, theft and criminal mischief, both Class D felonies. Trout appointed James Organ as public defender and scheduled a pre-trial conference for Aug. 14 at 1:30 p.m. and a jury trial for 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 9.

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