A sweet potato helped investigators identify a suspect in a cold case murder in Massachusetts, prosecutors said.
In 2011, detectives recovered at the crime scene three shell casings, a cell phone and a sweet potato that had a hole through it.
"The sweet potato appears to be used as a silencer," First Assistant District Attorney Jessica Elumba told ABC News.
She did not say why he wasn’t arrested at the time of the slaying.
A sweet potato was once used as a silencer in an episode of the hit HBO series The Wire, and the cell phone found at the crime scene was registered to Marlo Stanfield, a character on the series.
“It's an interesting fact pattern,” Elumba said
Hampton was being held without bail. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
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