Kevin Grandberry, 35, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of especially aggravated robbery. According to the TBI, on Nov. 14, Grandberry entered a gas station at 2148 Highway 51 South in Ripley and shot the store clerk, 38-year-old Deepal Patel.
Grandberry reportedly took the cash drawer from the store's cash register and fled the scene. Several days later, the cash drawer and a piece of cloth Grandberry used to cover his face during the robbery were recovered behind the Lauderdale County Alternative School in Ripley. Earlier this month, a TBI Special Agent-Forensic Scientist developed a DNA profile from the piece of cloth and matched it to the CODIS DNA profile of Grandberry, identifying him as the suspect. CODIS is a computer software program that operates local, state, and national databases of DNA profiles from convicted offenders, unsolved crime scene evidence, and missing persons. Every state has a statutory provision for the establishment of a DNA database that allows for the collection of DNA profiles from offenders convicted of particular crimes.
Grandberry was booked into the Lauderdale County Jail on Friday on a $500,000 bond.