DNA helps solve decades-old sexual assault case

Clarence Carvell Speller (left) and Charles Williams Jr. (right). Photos provided by the Virginia Beach Police Department.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – With the help of DNA evidence, Virginia Beach Police make two arrests in connection with a sexual assault that happened nearly 30 years ago.

According to a news release from the Virginia Beach Police Department, the case was reopened and the evidence that had been collected at the scene of the crime in 1986 was resubmitted to the Forensics State Lab.

Using updated technology, investigators were able to find two positive DNA matches. Police said two suspects were identified and warrants for their arrests were obtained.

On Thursday, one suspect was arrested. The second suspect was arrested early Friday.

The suspects were identified as 50-year-old Clarence Carvell Speller and 49-year-old Charles Williams Jr.  Both were charged with one count of rape.

Speller and Williams were being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

The case remains under investigation.

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