WATCH: DNA leads police to major break in murder case


by By Jeff McShan / 11 News

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 20 at 12:01 PM

HOUSTON - Police say they got a major break in the murder case of a popular Houston man who was killed inside his home. Even though the home was set on fire after the murder, not all of the evidence was lost.

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For over three months, friends of victim, Brett Elliott, have been wondering who murdered him and why. They even set up a shortly after his death.

Elliott, a talented copywriter for the marketing agency Lopez-Negrete, was found inside his burning southwest Houston townhouse on March 30.

HPD homicide detectives say it wasn't the fire that killed him, but blunt force trauma. They found what appeared to be blood outside his front door, and say that blood may have solved the case.

Police say DNA from blood samples allegedly places 27-year-old Michael Deloach at the crime scene.

11 News has learned that Deloach has been charged with breaking into Brett Elliott's home. Capital murder charges could come as soon as Wednesday.

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"I just hope the district attorney's office moves quickly on the capital murder charge and gets this person off the streets," Jay Hagins of the American Advertising Agency said.

Hagins knew Elliott well. While he is excited the police have found a suspect, he knows the good news will not bring Brett Elliott back.

"We will miss Brett. The community will miss him and the profession will miss him. He did a lot for young people. He was very interested in helping people get into this career field," said Hagins.

The suspect, Michael Deloach, has a lengthy criminal history. He has served time for breaking into numerous homes and was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2003, but was released early.

If he had served his full term, Brett Elliott, a man with many friends, might still be alive.