Bainbridge man's DNA matched to downstate murder case

BAINBRIDGE – A Bainbridge man convicted of petty theft was forced to give a DNA sample to police. On Tuesday, that sample linked him to a 20-year-old Long Island murder.

Joey Bethea, 38, of 6 River St. in Bainbridge, was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree murder at around 2 p.m. Tuesday after New York State Investigators arrested him at the Wagner-Nineveh sawmill where he worked.

The Nassau County Police Department reported that Bethea’s DNA matched a semen sample taken from the alleged murder victim, 22-year-old Dorothy LeConte. Police said LeConte, a Haitian immigrant, had been raped and murdered on June 14, 1989, when Bethea was 17 and also lived on Long Island.

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