DNA Found On Victim Credited In Slaying Arrest

Woman Found Dead In Home In October 2009

New details have been released about how police used DNA evidence found on the body of a woman killed in her home to arrest a man in the slaying more than two years later.

Kellye Schultz, 27, was killed in October 2009. Her body was found in her home in the 200 block of North Warman Avenue.

Police said Kaleb Eggert, 20, recently emerged as a suspect after he was arrested and convicted of an unrelated crime and his DNA was put in a law enforcement database.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Eggert's saliva was found on Schultz's left breast, even though he had told detectives he never dated or had a sexual relationship with her.

"If you recover DNA from saliva on a breast on a body part and that matches a suspect, it's his DNA. He might have an explanation for it, a better explanation than, 'I didn't have contact with her,' but the fact is, that is his DNA," said Jay Sigel, chairman of the chemistry department at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis.

Eggert was arrested last week on a preliminary charge of murder.

Kellye Schultz

Schultz's stepmother, Selena Valentino, told RTV6 that when Eggert was 14 years old, she provided temporary shelter for him and his family, and that it was during that stay that he got to know Schultz.

Eggert, who agreed to a jailhouse interview last week, told RTV6's Derrik Thomas he didn't kill Schultz.

"Why would I want to kill her? She was like a sister to me," he said. "I don't know (who killed her). If I knew, I would tell you."

Without the DNA evidence, it's possible police would have never made an arrest.

"(It) probably would have gone unsolved. It would have been one of the hundreds or thousands of cold cases sitting there, waiting for a break like this," Sigel said.

Eggert will make his initial court appearance Thursday.