In January, those fingerprints matched evidence Delray Beach police had submitted to a national database after Better was killed, the newspaper reported.
“Our detectives worked years trying to find the killer in this case,” acting Delray Beach police Chief Javaro Sims said at a news conference Wednesday. “We had fingerprints, we had blood, we even had a possible description from a witness. But the person responsible for this heinous case seemed to just disappear.”
Better was found stabbed and bludgeoned to death at Lu Shay's Consignment Shop in Delray Beach, WTVJ reported. A heavy glass ashtray was shattered around her, and decorative marble balls were by her corpse, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Police found blood from Better's body trailing to the cash register and out the front door to the sidewalk, WPEC reported.
“She was violently killed by an unknown assailant,” Sims said at the news conference. “She was stabbed, she was bludgeoned, and no one deserves to die in that manner.”
Barket was 29 at the time of Better's killing, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Police believe he may have worked at a nursing home and stayed out of trouble, the newspaper reported.
"It brings a lot of joy to you when you can solve a case like this," former Detective Robert Stevens, who worked on the case before retiring in 2007, told WPTV.