DNA links Moss Point man to Phoenix murder

mbbaker@sunherald.comJuly 9, 2014 


JACKSON COUNTY -- Sheriff's investigators here have taken a Moss Point man into custody after a DNA sample linked him to a June 16, 2001, shooting death at a convenience store in Phoenix, Sheriff Charles Britt said.

Michael Cornell Moye, 35, of the 4000 block of Rock Creek Road, was picked up Tuesday at a local shipyard.

Moss Point police had questioned Moye in December 2001 about the killing, but he'd denied being involved.

Last year, Jackson County and Phoenix investigators collected a DNA sample from Moye. The sample has since linked Moye to the killing, Britt said.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Wednesday that Moye is one of three people accused in the June 16, 2001, shooting death of Jaime Olivera-Perez at a Dollar General store on North Seventh Avenue in Phoenix. The other two have not been identified.

Records show the three entered the store about 5 p.m., assaulted the store clerk and shot customer Olivera-Perez, killing him. A motive for the killing is unknown.

"The case was worked extensively by detectives, but the leads were exhausted and the case went cold," Thompson said of the initial investigation. In 2012, Thompson said the Police Department's Cold Case Squad began reviewing the case, and Moye was identified as a suspect. A warrant was obtained to collect a DNA sample from him.

Police believe Moye was visiting relatives at the time of the killing.

As a result of the DNA match, a warrant for Moye's arrest on a murder charge was obtained through the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

Moye is being held at the Jackson County jail pending extradition back to Phoenix.

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