DNA links inmate to child's death

Posted: Tuesday, January 05, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake County prosecutors filed a capital murder charge Monday against an Idaho prison inmate, saying DNA evidence has linked him to the 1998 stabbing death of a 10-year-old Utah girl.

Anna Palmer's mother found her unconscious and bleeding on the front porch of her family's Salt Lake City home Sept. 10, 1998. She suffered five fatal stab wounds to the throat, including one that severed her spinal cord.

Matthew John Breck, 32, has been charged with one count each of aggravated murder, aggravated sexual abuse of a child and intentionally inflicting serious physical harm on a child. If convicted of murder, Breck could face the death penalty.

A 3rd District judge has issued an arrest warrant. Breck is in an Idaho prison in Orofino, serving five to 12 ½ years for a 2001 conviction on charges of sodomy/ lewdness of a minor child under 16, Jeff Raym, a spokesman for Idaho's prison system said.

In court documents filed Monday, prosecutors say DNA obtained from Palmer's fingernails were recently matched to a DNA profile of Breck in an FBI database.

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