Man arrested for murdering pastor 17 years ago, just months after being released from 16 years in prison

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A man released from prison just after 16 years has been arrested again and charged with the murder of a preacher who was shot shortly before he was sent to prison.

Terrance Bryant Dean, 39, has been charged with the death of Michael Glover

Terrance Bryant Dean, 39, has been charged with the death of Michael Glover

Pastor Michael Glover, 36, was shot and killed in the carport of his Macon, Georgia home on March 29, 2004.

But the case went cold until a recent DNA breakthrough linked Terrance Bryant Dean to the attack.

Dean, 39, was released from prison last September after serving nearly 16 years for an unrelated armed robbery.

The new DNA evidence also linked him to an unsolved rape, officials said.

Dean was arrested without incident last Friday.

When Dean was arrested, investigators said he had thirty small bags in his pockets, which contained a white powdery substance.

He has been charged with murder, rape and the sale of a controlled substance and is being held without bail.

Glover was murdered outside his home in March 2004 because the case went unsolved for years

Glover was murdered outside his home in March 2004 because the case went unsolved for years

Glover was murdered outside his home in March 2004 because the case went unsolved for years

No motive was given as to why Dean would have killed Glover, with a DNA breakthrough leading to his arrest and charges against Dean

No motive was given as to why Dean would have killed Glover, with a DNA breakthrough leading to his arrest and charges against Dean

No motive was given as to why Dean would have killed Glover, with a DNA breakthrough leading to his arrest and charges against Dean

The US Marshals Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force helped track Dean down to a home for the arrest.

“ Last week I was shocked to find out they had a suspect in custody, ” Michael’s father Willie Glover told 13WMAZ

“When I heard this news the other day, it was as if a burden had been taken from us,” added Ricardo Glover, Michael’s uncle.

No motive was given in the case, with Ricardo saying, ‘I just couldn’t understand why that would happen, even though he was the type who tried to help people, young and old.’

Glover’s murder went unsolved for years until a new investigator, Malcolm Bryant, took over the case in November.

“I got the case and after reading it through, very detailed,” Bryant said.

‘The researchers who initially started the study did a good job of including small details, which are very important.’

The breakthrough came after a DNA match that led back to Dean.

A release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office stated that Bryant had again submitted evidence to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

This resulted in a positive match of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), in which Dean was involved.

“Technology is nowhere near what it was in 2004, which is great for us,” said Bryant.

“I think that’s the direction that law enforcement is taking in general, towards that area of ​​technology.”

Father Willie Glover (left) and Uncle Ricardo Glover (right) were happy to learn that a suspect had been arrested, although they were still disappointed not to understand why Michael's death took place

Father Willie Glover (left) and Uncle Ricardo Glover (right) were happy to learn that a suspect had been arrested, although they were still disappointed not to understand why Michael's death took place

Father Willie Glover (left) and Uncle Ricardo Glover (right) were happy to learn that a suspect had been arrested, although they were still disappointed not to understand why Michael’s death took place

For the investigator, arrest is only half the battle.

“With that kind of evidence, it’s a good thing you can arrest, but that’s really only half of what you want in the end, you want a conviction in the end,” Bryant said.

Dean was previously injured when he was beaten in prison by correction officers after allegedly assaulting a security guard in December 2010.

Justice disclosed in 2015 that Dean suffered a traumatic brain injury during the attack by guards.

Eight officers were later convicted by the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) for assaulting multiple inmates at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Georgia, and for the resulting cover.

CERT agents beat several inmates, seriously injuring Dean and another inmate.

Darren Douglass-Griffin, Kerry Bolden, Emmett McKenzie and Kadarius Thomas were convicted in March 2015.

Douglass-Griffin was sentenced to 12 months in prison for conspiracy against rights and for writing a false report.

Bolden was sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiracy against rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

McKenzie was sentenced to six months in prison for conspiracy against rights.

Thomas was sentenced to six months in prison for writing a false report.

CERT Sergeant Christopher Hall and senior CERT officers Ronald Lach and Delton Rushin were convicted in June 2014.

Hall was sentenced to 72 months in prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice and two obstruction-related crimes.

Lach was sentenced to 90 months for his involvement in the beating of a prisoner, for conspiring to cover up the beating and for writing a false report.

Rushin was sentenced to 60 months for conspiring to obstruct justice.

CERT member Willie Redden also pleaded guilty to conspiring with other correctional officers to violate prisoners’ civil rights in 2012.

“ While our correction officers have a difficult but important job, we must insist that they comply with the law and not use the authority that comes with a prison warden’s uniform to attack the people they need to monitor, ” said the then American attorney Michael J. Moore of the Middle District of Georgia in 2015.