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DNA ties Chicago man to 2009 Hammond homicide

Updated: February 5, 2013 4:22PM



Murder and murder in perpetration of a robbery charges have been field against a Chicago man in a 2009 homicide outside the Hammond Wal-Mart.

Barrington Rhodes, 43, was charged in the death of Clyde Lee, who was found partially hanging out of his van in the store parking lot at 1828 165th St. with a gunshot wound in the abdomen. Lee was shot Dec. 22, 2009, and died at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital.

Lee’s wife told police her husband kept a pistol in the van, which was missing. Police found $213, a .40-caliber magazine with 10 rounds and other items. Officers noted the van had a strong odor of marijuana.

The afternoon on the day when Lee was shot, he had asked two men to accompany him to Chicago to meet a man at an Auto Zone store regarding marijuana. After the shooting, one of the witnesses identified Rhodes as the same man he saw carrying a box from Lee’s van and who had met them at the Auto Zone in Illinois.

Police discovered Rhodes was wanted for failure to appear in a possession of marijuana with intent to distribute from Bernaillo County, N.M. He was arrested in August 2011 and held in Cook County, Ill., where police executed a search warrant to obtain his DNA. Testing at the Indiana State Police laboratory showed one of the hats found in Lee’s van contained Rhodes’ DNA.

Police also tracked down the owner of the extended cab pickup truck in which Rhodes fled the scene. The truck owner received or placed 19 calls to Rhodes’ cell phone on the day of the homicide, but when questioned by police denied knowing Rhodes and being at the store.



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