Jerry Lee

Jerry Lee was arrested on November 1, 2018 and charged in the May 25, 1997 murder of 28-Year-old Lorrie Smith in Fulton County, Georgia.

Smith was shot several times in the back during a home invasion robbery. Her parents found her body when they went to wake her for church that morning. Smith appears to have fought back against her attacker, resulting in a significant amount of his blood being found at the scene.

A DNA profile of the suspect was created from the blood recovered from the crime scene. The FGG investigation was conducted by Parabon Nanolabs.

Lee has been released on a $150,000 bond in April of 2019, and is awaiting trial in Fulton County.


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Shapiro, Emily. “How DNA, Genetic Genealogy Led to Arrest in 1997 Cold Case Killing of 28-Year-Old Georgia Woman.” ABC News, November 2, 2018. Accessed December 24, 2020.

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First Name Jerry
Last Name Lee
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2018-11-01
IGG Org Parabon


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1135 Lorrie Smith 28 1997-05-25 Fulton CO, GA Fulton CPD Second degree murder Case is currently pending before the court Fulton CO SUP CT

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.