Police May Have Found The Murderer Of A Popular Local Guy

The many friends of Brett Elliott, an advertising man murdered in March in his burned southwest Houston condo, might finally be getting a break.

KHOU is reporting that a DNA match might have targeted his killer.

The station's Jeff McShan reports:

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 place 27-year-old Michael Deloach at the crime scene.

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

Elliott was highly active in the community, helping inner-city school kids.

The reaction to the news is about what you'd expect -- people expressing relief, but still angry at what happened.

"Yes - the police have a lowlife sleazeball in custody," one friend wrote. "Our hardworking detectives are confident that they have the guy who robbed us of Brett. We owe them our sincere thanks. We have some more work ahead of us, but I am looking forward to getting justice!!"

Deloach, KHOU says, has a lengthy criminal history of breaking into homes.

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