OSCO: New DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2007 Okaloosa Island nightclub murder

Northwest Florida

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — New DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a Fort Walton Beach man now accused of a 2007 murder. 

The OSCO says 39-year-old Cornelius Lee was taken into custody Wednesday night. 

Deputies say Lee is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Eric Roberts after a fight at Okaloosa Island nightclub, located at 106 Santa Rosa Boulevard. 

Witnesses say Roberts had been restrained by a bouncer, who was walking him out of the business. 

Deputies say Lee was seen walking toward Roberts and striking him with a “shiny” object. Roberts’ brother told authorities Roberts’ last words were, “he cut me, man.” 

In January, the OCSO followed up with the case, which resulted in a court approved DNA search warrant on Lee. 

“Results from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show Lee’s DNA was found in a mixture of DNA located on Robert’s right hand,” an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release said. 

A warrant was issued Wednesday for Lee on a charge of murder without premeditation and served at a home on Bob Sikes Boulevard near Fort Walton Beach. 

Lee remains in the Okaloosa County jail. 

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