On July 19, 1989, a family member of Armond Earl contacted Maple Heights Police to report him missing. Maple Heights Police proceeded to the victim's apartment located in the 5300 block of Lee Road.
After several attempts to see if someone was home, officials knocked down the apartment door and observed the victim's nude body lying on the living room floor.
The bloody crime scene demonstrated the vicious nature of the murder.
It was determined that the crime had occurred several days prior to locating the body.
Officers noticed four wounds: two in the forehead area, and two in the chest area.
The Deputy Coroner determined the stab wounds had possibly been made by a screwdriver.
One of the items the police had preserved from the crime scene was a bath tub drain.
The bath tub drain was recently tested at the Regional Crime Lab. A DNA profile was developed which also matched to blood found on a screwdriver left at the scene.
The DNA was matched to Eric Register. Register's DNA also commingled with the blood of the victim. The assailant had also left a bloody fingerprint impression on a fan found lying next to the victim.
For more than 20 years, police attempted to determine whose bloody fingerprint was left at the scene.
The Cold Case Unit submitted a request to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to compare the fingerprints of suspect Register to the bloody print found at the scene of the murder.
The bloody fingerprint was made by Register.
Working with the Maple Heights Police Detectives, the Cold Case Unit reopened the Armond Earl murder case in February 2010.
Register was indicted on six counts: aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary, and felonious assault. Register is scheduled to be arraigned on December 11.
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