Brittany StergisAge 22
6 Dec 2013
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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Brittany was found dead inside her car, which was parked at a Cleveland public housing facility. She had been shot in the head.
In October 2014 Delshawn Carroll, 20, pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.
While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, prosecutors said Carroll and Stergis had a past together.
At first, Carroll denied being with Stergis the night of her death. But investigators found evidence that placed Carroll inside Stergis' car, prosecutors said.
Cleveland police homicide detectives pulled touch DNA that matched Carroll's from Stergis' car door handle and a cigar wrapper found inside her car. Cellphone records showed Carroll called Stergis earlier that night, and his phone pinged from a nearby tower.
Ballistics testing revealed that shell casings found inside Stergis' car matched a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun owned by one of Carroll's family members, prosecutors said.
TvT project: Cleveland.com 07.12.2013