Police arrest suspect in 21-year-old Georgia cold case

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Fulton County Police believe they've solved a 21-year-old murder case.

On Sunday, May 25, 1997, the parents of 28-year-old Lorrie Ann Smith discovered their daughter dead in her bedroom at her home on Stonewall Tell Road. Smith had been shot several times in the back.

Police say there was no sign of sexual assault, forced entry, or robbery. They do know that Smith fought her killer, and that a "significant amount" of the blood of a suspect was found in the home.

Twenty-one years later, Fulton County officials and the GBI used DNA testing to identify a suspect, Jerry Lee, 

"Despite a reward of more than $30,000 and DNA tests conducted on more than 100 individuals over the last 21 years, Police had been unable to positively identify the suspect until this week," Fulton County Police said in a statement.

Police arrested Lee on Friday, Oct. 26 at an Alabama hotel. On Thursday, Lee was brought back to Georgia.