DNA found on a conch shell that was used as a murder weapon is linked to half-brother of victim to crack 20-year-old cold case in Massachusetts: ‘Killer’ is found asleep at Rhode Island homeless shelter and charged 

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  • David Reid, 53, has been charged with the horrific 2001 murder of his half-sister Rose Marie Moniz, 41, whom he allegedly stabbed to death in his home.
  • He attacked Moniz with a cast iron kettle, a chimney poker and a heavy conch
  • Reed’s DNA was found inside the conch, where he placed his fingers for leverage while he struck Moniz with his barbed end.
  • Reid was a pallbearer at his half-sister’s funeral, and his relatives did not suspect him of murder, although he was ‘unusually quiet’ and later disappeared.
  • His DNA was in the police database after he stole another woman – this time with a tire iron – and her purse in 2003.
  • After being arrested in 2003 for his robbery, he remained on the lam for 12 years to escape the police
  • When police tracked him down in 2016, they didn’t have enough evidence to convict him of the 2003 attack, but he spent time in prison seeking bail.
  • He deposited DNA in the state prison which was later used to bind him in two attacks
  • He escaped from police again after being arrested in 2020, but was caught at a Rhode Island homeless shelter in September

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A Massachusetts woman who was put to death in her own home 20 years ago was apparently killed by her half-brother after detectives found DNA on a massive conch shell used as a murder weapon. was used to link it to a brutal murder and to settle a cold case.

In March 2001, 53-year-old David Reid allegedly beat 41-year-old Rose Marie Moniz to death with a cast-iron kettle, a fireplace poker and shell. Her DNA was in the database after another woman was attacked – this time from a tire iron – and her purse was stolen in 2003.

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Police finally gathered clues this year when detectives were able to obtain DNA from the conch, imagining how the attacker might have captured it.

Based on the friction on Moniz’s face, they determined that she had probably hit the shell’s spine point, and that the attacker probably held the shell with his fingers to open the lever.

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DNA evidence leads them to Reed, a career criminal who has fled several states to avoid prosecution.

He eventually fell asleep at the Providence Rescue Mission in Rhode Island, where he was arrested on September 10 and charged with murder on Thursday, the Bristol County District Attorney’s office announced.

David Reid, 53

David Reid, 53 (left), allegedly killed Rose Marie Moniz, 41 (right) in March 2001 by beating her with a cast-iron kettle, a fireplace poker and shell.

This year, spies were able to obtain DNA from the conch (pictured) by imagining how the attacker might have placed it.  Based on the friction on Moniz's face, he determined that she had probably hit the shell's spine point, and that the attack probably took hold of the shell with his fingers to open the lever.

This year, spies were able to obtain DNA from the conch (pictured) by imagining how the attacker might have placed it. Based on the friction on Moniz’s face, he determined that she had probably hit the shell’s spine point, and that the attack probably took hold of the shell with his fingers to open the lever.

Moniz’s surviving relatives said they had no idea that a family member was behind the murder of their beloved sister.

Moniz’s brother Paul Cunha said, ‘I didn’t think it was him. ‘He was a nurturer (at his funeral) … [he acted] Very quiet, unusually calm. And then long after that he disappeared.

Hours after Moniz was murdered, her father called the police when he came to her Acushnet home to bring her to the doctor, and found her on the floor covered in his own blood.

Moniz’s skull was broken several times, and he was bleeding from both ears and nose when his father discovered it. According to the district attorney’s office, his nose and left cheekbone were broken, and he had ‘gap wounds’ all over his body.

Portraying the state that the woman’s father found her fueled detectives to keep plugging in the cold case.

‘There his poor father is coming and seeing a dead body in that condition. “This is his daughter’s last memory,” said District Attorney Tom Quinn. wcvb,

Both Moniz’s parents died, without knowing who had killed their daughter.

Cunha said, ‘My mother and father had grown old overnight, you could see that. ‘It was really hard.’

Moniz (pictured) was discovered by her father with multiple skull fractures, contusions and deep wounds on her body

Moniz (pictured) was discovered by her father with multiple skull fractures, contusions and deep wounds on her body

Both Moniz's parents died, without knowing who had killed their daughter.  'My mom and dad got old overnight, you could see it,' said Paul Cunha, his brother.  'It was really hard.'  Moniz, top right, pictured with her father, bottom right, mother, bottom left and Cunha, top left

Both Moniz’s parents died, without knowing who had killed their daughter. ‘My mom and dad got old overnight, you could see it,’ said Paul Cunha, his brother. ‘It was really hard.’ Moniz, pictured at top right, with her father, bottom right, mother, bottom left and Cunha, top left

Before they could identify her killer, police believed the robbery was the reason for Moniz’s murder. His purse was emptied on the spot and cash was stolen. But there was no sign of forcibly entering his house.

Reed’s violent life of crime continued on June 10, 2003, when she defeated Maribel Martínez-Alegria as she got into her truck and ran away with her belongings before exiting the vehicle in a dark alley in New Bedford. .

Police photographed outside Moniz's Achusnet home in 2001

Police photographed outside Moniz’s Achusnet home in 2001

Three weeks later, the woman identified a car driving in her neighborhood as the car in which she was attacked and thrown out. He tried to call a detective in his case and told his relatives in the house.

Prosecutors said that when her nephew again saw the car passing by the house, his nephew and five other men jumped into their minivan and followed. Reid tried to move the following minivan, but the occupants of it flagged off the police.

Reid hit a parked vehicle as he was trying to escape, then crashed head-on into Officer Alan Ferber’s police cruiser

“Even after the accident, the suspect attempted to use his truck in an attempt to get the cruiser out of the way,” prosecutors said. law and crime,

Reid was charged with robbery, assault and trampling a police cruiser, but never showed up for his court date after being released on bail. He lived in Florida, Hawaii and Alabama before returning to Massachusetts.

Moniz's brother Paul Cunha said, 'He took one of my best friends, my sister.  Cunha said of Reed, 'He took one of my best friends, my sister.  'He robbed us all of the life of growing old together'

Moniz’s brother Paul Cunha said, ‘He took one of my best friends, my sister. Cunha said of Reed, ‘He took one of my best friends, my sister. ‘He robbed us all of the life of growing old together’

'I didn't think it was him' [Reed],' said Moniz's brother Paul Cunha.  'He was a nurturer (at his funeral) ... [he acted] Very quiet, unusually calm.  And then after a long time he disappeared'

‘I didn’t think it was him’ [Reed],’ said Moniz’s brother Paul Cunha. ‘He was a nurturer (at his funeral) … [he acted] Very quiet, unusually calm. And then after a long time he disappeared’

He was on the lam until 2015—prosecutors didn’t say how he was caught—but Alegria died in Boston, six months before his capture.

Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to convict him of robbery and assault charges, but he served four years in state prison for seeking bail, evading police and damaging property. During that time his DNA sample was added to the database.

Citing newly obtained evidence, Reid was also slapped with robbery and assault charges previously dropped for his attack on Alegria.

But when police tried to arrest him in 2020, prosecutors said, he almost immediately fled to Alabama. He traveled to California, Hawaii, New York, Pennsylvania, and finally Rhode Island, where he was captured.

A court date in the Fall River Division of Bristol Superior Court has yet to be set for Reid, but Moniz’s family said they plan to attend every court hearing.

Cunha said of Reed, ‘He took one of my best friends, my sister. ‘He robbed us all of the life of growing old together.’

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