WACO, Texas (AP) - Relatives and friends of an Abilene jewelry store manager killed during a 1979
robbery say they are relieved that the case has finally been solved.
Abilene police announced last week that blood samples from the store where Glenn Burns was killed
provided crucial DNA evidence implicating Harold Buford Jones, a Midland attorney who died in 1986 of
"I always miss him and I always wonder what he'd be doing now," said Jerry Sears, who grew up with
Burns in Valley Mills near Waco. "Knowing they had solved it, it brings a little closure. I went by his
grave. ... I guess I just wanted to visit him."
The 6-foot-5 Burns had been a high school basketball star, an avid hunter and fisherman, an active
member of his church and well liked within the close-knit community, friends said.
Burns was 24 and had recently graduated from Abilene Christian University when he was killed.
"When he was gone, it was like half of you was missing," said his father Claude Burns. "Every time
you visit the grave, you ask yourself, 'Why couldn't they have stopped this?' and when it did happen,
'Why couldn't they catch the person who did it?'"
The case had been cold until 1999, when Clayton Daniels, an Abilene police criminalist working
unsolved cases, sent blood samples from the murder scene to the Texas Department of Public Safety
lab in Lubbock.
When it turned out the blood did not belong to Burns, it was submitted to the FBI's national DNA
Last year, the Texas Rangers began investigating a similar unsolved 1980 robbery and homicide at a
San Angelo jewelry store. Blood at that murder scene implicated Louis Williams, who later named
Jones as his accomplice.
Williams, who has since pleaded guilty to the San Angelo murder, is not a suspect in the Abilene
slaying. But because of the similarities in the two cases, the Texas Rangers began to suspect Jones
in Burns' death.
Authorities could not test Jones' DNA but took samples from his ex-wife and daughter.
"The case was closed, but they're never just totally closed because like this, new technology comes
along and people are able to do new things that might turn up some lead," Abilene Police Chief Melvin