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DNA Links Suspect To Murder Of Former News Station Employee In Texas, Police Say

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Source: Bexar County Jail; UNSPLASH

Jul. 1 2022, Published 4:35 p.m. ET

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A 20-year-old suspect was taken into custody after DNA allegedly linked him to the murder of a former television news station employee in Texas last fall, authorities announced.

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On Sept. 24, 2021, Sebastian Hernandez allegedly fatally stabbed 40-year-old Christopher Olivarez outside the victim’s San Antonio home and then stole his vehicle, police said, KEYE-TV reported.

A witness alerted detectives to Hernandez, and the potential suspect agreed to provide a DNA sample and provide a statement. He was then released as the investigation continued.

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After Hernandez’s DNA sample recently was found to be a match with DNA evidence at the crime scene, including on the alleged murder weapon, officers placed him under arrest, police said.

“He's been very cooperative with our detectives,” Sgt. Washington Moscoso noted. “I wasn't there for the interrogation. He's claiming his innocence but our detectives had enough probable cause and enough evidence to charge him with murder.”

Moscoso said Hernandez and Olivarez “were acquaintances at the time of the murder” but declined to provide further details.

Olivarez worked at the stations WOAI/KABB between 2012 and 2016.


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