Thanks to advanced DNA technology, a man already serving time in federal prison for an unrelated offense has been charged this week with murder in connection with the 2002 fatal shooting of a Long Beach resident, authorities said.
Homicide detectives with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) presented the case against former Long Beach resident Eric Scanlan, 43, to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, April 13.
Scanlan was charged with one count of murder. His bail is set at $3 million.
Authorities said that just after midnight on Tuesday, June 11, 2002, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Molino Avenue in Long Beach’s Bluff Heights neighborhood regarding a man—later identified as 37-year-old Long Beach resident De Angelo Clark—found dead inside an apartment.
“When officers arrived they found a victim deceased that had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his torso,” an LBPD release stated. “Evidence collected from the crime scene was preserved and with the advances in DNA technologies, a DNA profile was produced.”
Once detectives submitted the DNA profile into a national database a match was found. The match led authorities to Scanlan who was already serving time in federal prison for an unrelated charge.
He is scheduled to be released from prison on November 16, 2016 and will then be extradited to Long Beach, according to officials.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call Homicide Detective Todd Johnson or Malcolm Evans at 562.570.7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.