Orange County, Fl- Kenneth Stough Jr., 54, has been arrested after his DNA was linked to the murder of 31-year-old Terence Paquette back in 1996. Paquette was stabbed more than 73 times and had his throat slit and was found in a pool of his own blood in a convenience store bathroom.
there was blood at the crime scene that was not that of the victims. Investigators believed it belonged to the murderer. But the technology available at the time could only link two blood samples together. Without a suspect to compare it to, the case went cold.
The case was reopened in 2019 and a genealogy search was run on the blood sample. The tests narrowed down the suspect to one of three brothers.
Detectives focused their investigation around Stough because he used to work at that same convenience store and lived across the street from the victim.
Investigators followed Stough to a gas station in Lake County where they spotted him throwing beer cans away in the dumpster. They took the beer cans and ran the DNA against the blood sample from the murder.
Sure enough, it was a match!
Thanks to the hardworking investigators, justice may finally be served.
Watch live here or on Facebook at 10 a.m. as @SheriffMina gives an update on an arrest made in the 1996 cold case murder of Terence Paquette, who was stabbed 73 times inside the convenience store where he worked. Our detectives never stop seeking justice in these murder cases. pic.twitter.com/WzRctCNScE— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) November 4, 2021