Crime

Timeline | The Briles slaying

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:Feb. 22, 2009: Officials recover the DNA of a man who attacked a Sarasota woman in her home.

April 28: The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announces that the evidence from the Feb. 22 case matches DNA found at the scene of another home invasion attack. Investigators, however, are not able to identify who the DNA belongs to.

Aug. 3: Dr. James Briles finds his wife beaten to death and bound in their Terra Ceia living room.

Oct. 5: Sarasota sheriff’s officials announce the arrest of Delmer Smith III in four invasions in which several women were beaten, and two raped. Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight also announces Smith is a former convicted felon and the FBI had his DNA throughout the attacks.

Oct. 6: A Bradenton Herald investigation reveals Smith’s DNA had not been entered into a federal database because of a backlog at the FBI’s laboratory. Because it had not been entered, Smith’s name did not come up when officials entered evidence taken from the Sarasota crime scenes.

Oct. 21: Dr. Briles makes a public plea for information on the killing of his wife. A $50,000 reward is offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

Feb. 11, 2010: Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube announces that Smith is being charged with killing Kathleen Briles. He said items found in a storage bin used by Smith were taken from her home during the attack.

— Herald staff

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