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DNA leads to arrest in 1986 Marietta double rape, murder

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Authorities in Cobb County say a man has been arrested in the 1986 double rape and murder of a Marietta woman and her 13-year-old daughter.

Sharon Brady and her daughter, Sharon, were found dead in their Marietta apartment on Sept. 12, 1986. Brady's 3-year-old daughter was also in the apartment but unharmed. 

The case went unsolved for nearly three decades after all leads were exhausted, investigators said.

In 2013, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds formed a cold case unit in his department. He invited local law enforcement agencies, including the Marietta Police Department, to review unsolved murder and sex crimes. After reviewing evidence in the Brady case, samples were submitted to a private lab in Salt Lake City for advanced forensic DNA testing. 

That testing led to the arrest of 60-year-old man who lived in the same apartment complex as the Bradys in 1986, Ronald Lee Kyles. Police say he got into the apartment through a bedroom window and committed the crimes. He's charged with two counts of murder, two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of burglary in connection with the Brady murders.

Former Marietta Police Detective Wayne Kennedy said Kyles was a suspect back in 1986 -- he was arrested two weeks later on a different charge -- but investigators didn't have evidence to make the case for murder.

Kyles, who is currently serving a nine-year sentence for aggravated assault in Pennsylvania, will be extradited to Cobb County to face charges. 



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