LAWRENCEVILLE - DNA evidence may prove a suspected serial killer stalked and killed a Norcross woman in late 2005, an official said Friday.
Charles Lendelle Carter - currently in the Fulton County Jail facing murder charges - was indicted this week by a Gwinnett County grand jury in connection with the Dec. 28, 2005, murder of Angela Thayer, 36. Thayer was found strangled inside her Norcross home, according to Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter.
Gwinnett investigators were led to Carter, 40, by DNA he allegedly left inside Thayer's home, Porter said, adding it took "about a year" to verify lab results. He said Carter knew Thayer for only a brief period of time and strangled her shortly after she invited him inside her house. Her death was initially considered suspicious by police.
In addition to Thayer's slaying and murder charges in Fulton County, officials say Carter allegedly killed in DeKalb County. Porter said Carter would face the death penalty should he be convicted in Fulton and DeKalb prior to facing a Superior Court jury in Gwinnett.
Carter, listed at 6 feet, 3 inches and 210 pounds, is technically considered a serial killer since he has allegedly killed more than one person in unrelated events using "similar methods," Porter said.
An inmate in the Fulton County Jail since April 8, 2006, Carter faces 15 charges in Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett, according to Fulton County Jail records. He is charged with murder, felony murder and burglary in Gwinnett.
Porter said Carter was indicted nearly two-and-a-half years after Thayer's murder due to some "issues" obtaining the police report and crime lab results and Carter already being in jail. He said authorities over the next few months will decide which jurisdiction handles the initial prosecution.
An investigator within the Gwinnett's DA office - who previously was a Gwinnett police investigator assigned to Thayer's murder - has interviewed Carter in the Fulton County Jail, Porter said. He said he did not have knowledge of what was discussed.