Alan Lefferts, 71, was arrested on May 31, 2022 for the July 2, 1996 murder of James Branner in Tallahassee, Florida.
Branner, 44, was found deceased at the Prince Murat Hotel. Police state that there was evidence that Branner was murdered after an altercation in the motel room. The cause of death was found to be asphyxiation. Investigators collected biological evidence at the time of the homicide, but have not stated what was the source of the sample.
The FGG investigation was conducted as a partnership between Parabon Nanolabs and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). A DNA profile suitable for genetic genealogy was prepared in 2020.
Lefferts is facing charges of first-degree murder in Tallahassee in the Leon County Court.
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