Friday, August 31, 2018


Discarded cigarette helps police nab 'killer' NINE YEARS after he 'stabbed his neighbor 60 TIMES and sexually assaulted her'

Daily Mail
August 30, 2018

A cigarette that had been tossed away has helped authorities in Illinois track down a man who is suspected of brutally murdering a woman nine years ago.

Michael Henslick, 30, has been charged with murdering 22-year-old Holly Cassano in 2009.

Cassano was found dead in her mobile home in Mahomet, Illinois on November 2, 2009. She had been stabbed 60 times and sexually assaulted, according to police reports.

'I still have problems sleeping because of it,' said Toni Cassano, who found her daughter's bloody body that day, the News-Gazette of Champaign reported. 'I don't know why. That's my biggest unanswered question.'

For nearly a decade the police have relentlessly pursued the case, conducting more than 100 interviews and testing 'dozens' of DNA samples.

DNA evidence that was found at the scene of Cassano's murder was matched with various databases including online genealogy catalogs and public records before Henslick was finally identified as a suspect.

Deputies tracked Henslick this past weekend to try and obtain DNA evidence until eventually he gave them a golden opportunity after throwing away a cigarette he had been smoking.

The butt was recovered and sent to a lab for testing.

Henslick's DNA matched with the DNA evidence from the crime scene, the sheriff's office said.

The DNA match was made thanks to a commercial genetic genealogy company sharing information that it had collected in its public records.

A new technique from Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs — for which Champaign County taxpayers paid $8,000 — led to the narrowing of the pool of suspects who could have contributed the DNA found at the murder scene.

Henslick was arrested on Tuesday around 6:15pm outside Market Place Mall in Champaign.

After Henslick’s arrest outside Market Place Mall on Tuesday evening Sgts. Chris Darr and Dave Sherrick, who have also been intensely involved in the investigation over the years, interviewed Henslick for about five hours.

While they were tight-lipped about what they heard, State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said she felt her office has a strong case against Henslick and that “his statements were consistent with that evidence.”

He has since been booked into the Champaign County Jail on $10 million bond and charged with four counts of first degree murder.

He showed little reaction as Judge John Kennedy read him the charges Wednesday afternoon over videolink.

Henslick had lived in the same mobile-home park as Cassano, attended the same high school for a couple of years, and had a number of mutual acquaintances Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said.

Henslick has been in and out of jail several times since Cassano's murder.

1 comment:

Trey Rusk said...

Karma is a bitch