Retired Police Detective Arrested 21 Years Later In Cold Case Murder That Took Place While He Was On Force.
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Robert Baer has been accused of killing a convenience store owner 21 years ago in a home invasion robbery that took place when the suspect was working as a detective for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
William Robert Baer Jr., 64, and his ex-wife Melissa Schafer, 50, were arrested after the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said DNA and genetic genealogy linked them to the cold case murder and home invasion robbery of Saad Kawaf in the victim’s Deerwood home in May 1999.
Undersheriff Pat Ivey said Friday that Kawaf was beaten and fatally stabbed by two suspects, a white man and a white woman. The suspects also tied up Kawaf’s wife and made off with $30,000 in cash.
He said for 21 years the vague description of the suspects was all investigators had to go on until recently, when DNA evidence was submitted to the Florida state crime lab for testing and genealogy analysis.
Retired Police Detective Arrested 21 Years Later
Retired detective Baer was arrested Thursday and his ex-wife Schafer was arrested Friday in Jefferson City, Mo., Ivey said. Ivey added that at the time of the murder Baer was a detective in the intelligence unit who was “looking at something that had to do with the victim, a crime involving the victim.”
Kawaf’s niece told the station her family was grateful arrests had been made.
“The past 21 years have been the hardest to not only be without a man who meant so much to our family, but to know that the people who did this were not held accountable for their actions,” she said.
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