DNA Phenotyping leads to cold case arrest

On February 02, 2010 at approximately 2050 hours, members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to 522 Williamsburg Lane, Odenton, Maryland for a report of a home invasion/shooting, which had just occurred.

Upon arriving, officers discovered the victim, identified as Michael Anthony Temple Jr., suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Witnesses told police two white males fled the scene of the crime. Representatives from the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Evidence Collection Unit responded to the scene and collected numerous items of evidence. Forensic analysis later revealed a suspect DNA profile. Attempts to identify the profile have not produced a match. As a result of Mr. Temple’s injuries, he became a quadriplegic. All investigative efforts at that time were exhausted and the case has remained open.

Michael Anthony Temple Jr

On June 18, 2015 Mr. Temple died and his body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for a post mortem examination. On October 27, 2015, the OCME officially ruled Mr. Temple’s death as a homicide due to complications from the gunshot wound.

In October of 2015, the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Cold Case Unit was assigned the investigation. After reviewing the evidence, Cold Case detectives sought the services of Parabon-NanoLabs, a DNA technology company that specializes in DNA phenotyping, the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. Law enforcement agencies use the service for lead generation and narrowing suspect lists in criminal investigations. A DNA sample from one of the two suspects in the Temple investigation was submitted to Parabon, from which the company produced the attached composite.

Arrest Update – November 2, 2018

The composite and accompanying announcement of a $10,000 reward for information from the public yielded no viable leads. Detectives again reached out to Parabon, this time for genetic genealogy assistance.  Information was provided by Parabon which named 32-year-old Fred Frampton Jr., of Glen Burnie, Maryland as a possible suspect in the murder of Michael Temple. Detectives conducted covert surveillance on Frampton and were able to obtain multiple DNA samples. That DNA was given to the Anne Arundel County Police Crime Laboratory to compare with the suspect DNA recovered from the February 2, 2010 crime scene. That DNA was a match.

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Fredrick Frampton with the murder of Michael Temple. A few hours later on November 1, 2018, investigators located and apprehended Fred Frampton.  Investigators executed search warrants and conducted interviews with ultimately led them to the second suspect; Jonathan Ludwig. Ludwig was not charged as he died in March of this past year.

The Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous they can contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.

Arrested:

Fred Lee Frampton, Jr.

DOB: 05/28/1986

Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Charges:

  • First Degree Murder 
  • Second Degree Murder
  • Armed Robbery
  • Robbery
  • First Degree Assault
  • First Degree Burglary
  • Second Degree Assault
  • Forth Degree Burglary
  • Use of a handgun in violent crime. 

Suspect:

Jonathan Ludwig (deceased)

DOB: 04/07/1985

Odenton, MD 21113

Ludwig, Jonathan

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