Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – DNA from a cigarette butt left at the scene of a burglary has thrown an Afton man in jail.

Branon Wade Marney, 19, of Afton, has been arrested and charged with second-degree burglary after DNA on a cigarette matched the suspect left at a residence that had been burglarized.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Delaware County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel, he went to the home of Francis Sue Daniels and collected the cigarette butts from the scene where Daniels reported damages to her home and a list of property stolen amounting to $4,867.70 on Nov. 15.

Marney was asked if he had broken into the Daniels home and he denied it. When asked what kind of cigarettes he smoked, he told Captain Teel he smoked Marlboro. When presented with DNA test results, performed at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s lab, Marney told the officer he was homeless and needed to place to stay “so he broke the hasp on the door and went inside”, but denied stealing anything.

He named an accomplice and the suspect is under investigation at this time.

A background check on Marney shows he is on probation from Delaware County for burglary in the second degree and in Ottawa County for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the county jail.

He will return to district court on Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m. for announcement.