Cold case arrest: Fingerprints link Baton Rouge man to 1992 murder

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

An arrest has been made in a 21-year-old murder case investigation, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the arrest was made after the Homicide Unit reviewed old evidence. We’re told detectives were able to link fingerprints found at the scene of the crime to a man in the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System database.

“I started an Unresolved Homicide Unit in 2012 for exactly this purpose,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “There are many cases from years past that went unsolved for whatever reason. New reviews of these cases, new technological advances and new evidence may result in justice being served. If we can take a killer off the street, even 20 years later, and give closure to a family, we are going to do that.”

Detectives arrested Edward Belin, 51, of Baton Rouge with Principal to First-Degree Murder. He’s accused of killing Lenoard Noriega, 44, on December 3, 1992.

Noriega was discovered dead in his home on Skylark Street by his son. He was found bound with an electrical cord and a white cloth. An autopsy revealed that he was bludgeoned to death by a blunt instrument. The home had been ransacked.

Among the damage to the home were the air conditioning vents. They were pulled out and Belin’s fingerprints were allegedly on one of those vents.

Belin was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Officials say the case is ongoing. 

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