Adam Antonio Spencer Durborow was arrested on October 10, 2020 and charged with the 2011 murder of 64-year-old Sherry Black in Salt Lake City, Utah. Black had been working in her bookstore, B&W Billiard and Books on November 30, 2011, when she was robbed and murdered by an intruder.
Durborow is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and desecration of a human body, as there appears to have been a violent post-mortem sexual assault.
A small amount of blood was collected at the scene and developed into a DNA profile of the suspect. There were no hits in CODIS. Familial searching of Utah DNA databases also turned up no hits.
The FGG investigation in this case was conducted by Parabon Nanolabs, who had analyzed the DNA and produced a phenotypic profile of the suspect in 2017. Ancestry analysis at that time indicated that the suspect had about 46% West African heritage, and about 1/3 northern European heritage. Police used surveillance followed by surreptitious sampling to make the initial confirmation of the results of the FGG investigation.
Durborow was convicted of attempted rape and aggravated assault in May of 2006 when he was 14 years old. He spent time in juvenile detention for this offence, for which he was also ordered to provide a DNA sample, but it is unknown if this took place.
Durborow had a very difficult upbringing. His adoptive father had served time in federal prison for child sexual offences and a large child pornography operation, which he ran out of a studio in the home where he lived with Durborow and his siblings. Law enforcement authorities report that Durborow confessed to committing the crime during police interviews.
Durborow pled guilty to aggravated murder in the Salt Lake 3rd District Court on Monday October 4, 2021. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on February 23, 2022.
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