CLEVELAND - DNA evidence led police to arrest and charge an Ohio prison inmate in the murder of a homeless woman.
Detectives determined Raymond Samuels, 31, was in the St. Petersburg area for about a month during the time of Sara Lynn Wineski’s murder. According to a press release, DNA evidence was recovered at the scene and Samuels was charged with first degree murder in the case.
On May 22, 2005, the body of Wineski, 49, was discovered under a secluded wood deck overhang of a Ronald McDonald House. A resident at the Ronald McDonald House reported hearing screams about 11 p.m. the previous night. Detectives said Wineski had been strangled and sexually assaulted at the location.
Raymond Samuels, 31, has been locked up in the Ohio prison system since 2006 for attempted murder and kidnapping. He is being extradited back to Florida and is in the process of being transported to the Pinellas County Jail.
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