SONOMA COUNTY, CA—A man that was shot and killed in a shootout with police in New Mexico most likely isn't tied to a double murder in California back in 2004, that's according to the DNA evidence...
62 year old Joseph Henry Burgess exchanged gunfire with sheriff deputies in Sandoval County, New Mexico on July 20th after being caught breaking into a cabin which police had under surveillance. Burgess was killed in the shooting, along with one of the deputies.
Before the incident, Burgess had been labeled a 'person of interest' in a California double murder with ties to West Michigan.
In August of 2004, Jason Allen of Zeeland and his fiance, Lindsay Cutshall of Ohio, were found murdered on a beach in Sonoma County, California.
Police say Burgess killed a couple in 1972 on a Vancouver Beach the same way Allen and Cutshall were killed.
Investigators in California traveled to New Mexico this past week to compare evidence from the 2004 murder and DNA evidence from the shootout on July 20th.
The California Department of Justice Crime Lab ran the comparison. DNA from the 2004 murder didn't match the DNA sample from Burgess. Also, a .45 calibur round found at the shooting didn't match any of the evidence they found regarding the weapon used in the 2004 slayings.
Police say while the evidence doesn't implicate Burgess in the 2004 killings, it doesn't exclude him either. They say he'll continue to be a 'person of interest' as investigators work to find who killed the couple.