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Covington man charged in murder of Ripley store clerk

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Covington man on Friday, Dec. 14, and charged him with the murder of a store clerk in Ripley, Tenn. for shooting him to death last month.

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.

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Extermination is the final solution for these type of coachroaches. What do you do with your weekly garbage? You set it out for the sanitation crews to pick up for disposal. This is human garbage. The same rules for disposal should apply to this type garbage also.

-- Posted by Mister-D on Sat, Dec 15, 2012, at 12:53 AM

Hooray to the TBI and modern criminal science! Lock this scumbag away for life! On second thought, give him the chair!

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Sat, Dec 15, 2012, at 2:45 PM

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