Florida man arrested after job application leads to clue in cold case
Florida Man Challenge March 29
A Florida man who was going through a job application which required him to undergo a background check has been arrested. As part of the check he was required to submit his fingerprints which led to a break in a 1998 cold case murder.
The victim was killed at her workplace days before she was set to renew her wedding vows, according to local news outlets. Police said DNA from the suspect was found at the scene.
“We had fingerprints, we had blood, we even had a possible description from a witness. But the person responsible for this heinous case seemed to just disappear,” Acting Delray Beach Police Chief Javaro Sims said at a Wednesday news conference.
The man, Todd Barket, applied for a job in December at a fire and water cleanup company that required applicants to undergo a background check and submit fingerprints. In January, those fingerprints were matched to evidence police had submitted in a national database at the time of the slaying. Barket also matched the witness’ description.
The man was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sondra Better.