1989 Vermont double homicide arrested with latest DNA test


WATERBURY, Vermont (AP) — Vermont police detectives say a drop of blood submitted to the latest DNA test in the murders of the Danbys, who were found stabbed to death in their home in 1989, has confirmed their death. An arrest has been made, police said.

Michael Anthony Louise, 79, was arrested Thursday in Syracuse, N.Y., on second-degree murder charges in the deaths of George Peacock, 76, and Katherine Peacock, 73.

Peacocks was found dead on September 17, 1989. There was no evidence of forced entry or the removal of any important items from the home.

Louise, who was married to one of the Peacock daughters, was identified as a suspect about two weeks later. Investigators at the time developed circumstantial evidence linking her Louise to her murder, police said.

A blood spot found in Louise’s car in October 1989, detectives could establish a definitive link until a forensic examination confirmed a DNA match to George Peacock in May 2020. I could not do it.

Blood samples had been previously tested, but previous tests were inconclusive.

Officials did not say why the arrest took two years after the DNA match, but said more information will be released when Louise is arraigned.

It was not immediately clear whether Louise had a lawyer. It is unclear when he will return to Vermont to face charges.