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DA Announces Charges Against Suspect In Sherry Black Murder

Adam Antonio Spencer Durborow (Photo: Salt Lake County Jail)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced charges against a suspect in the Sherry Black murder.

Adam Antonio Spencer Durborow, 29, has been charged with aggravated murder and desecration of a human body.

Black, 64, was discovered beaten and stabbed to death inside her South Salt Lake book store on Nov. 30, 2010. Authorities were able to gather DNA and fingerprints from the scene of the crime, but were unable to match them with any suspects.

Durborow was 19 at the time.

Gill on Monday announced that investigators were able to surreptitiously obtain a DNA sample from Durborow, though he didn’t elaborate on how it was obtained. According to a probable cause statement, the DNA was collected on Oct. 7.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 10 announced Durborow had been arrested in connection to the killing, and Durborow reportedly confessed to the crime after his arrest.

The family of (Black’s daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren released the following statement Monday:

“We are grateful to the South Salt Lake Police Department, the Unified Police Department and Detective Ben Pender, and the Utah State Crime Lab and Jay Henry, for their ongoing investigative work and diligence that led to an arrest and charges in the murder of Sherry Black,” the Heidi and Greg Miller family said. “We also appreciate the media for covering this case over the last 10 years, which allowed the public to share tips and new information. We especially want to thank our family and the community for their love, support and prayers.  

“While this 10-year period has been difficult, we have been able to feel peace and comfort knowing other cases are being solved with the use of new forensic tools.  

“We will continue to work through the Sherry Black Foundation using industry experts to educate law enforcement officers on the most current investigative techniques, and also support advanced DNA testing, to help bring resolution to victims’ families. 

“As a family, we are now asking for time and privacy.”

Through an attorney, family of Burborow released the following statement:

“It has never crossed our minds that the events from a horrific and tragic event nearly a decade ago would have involved a member of our family,” they said. “While we are devastated with the apparent involvement of our son Adam’s role in this event, we wish to simply express our condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Sherry Black. We cannot fathom the pain and sorrow they’ve felt through the last decade and we want to convey our sincerest sympathies for the renewed pain and suffering they will continue to endure. The ripple effects of this tragedy will be felt through the lives of all involved, including our own lives. As we navigate this foreign and dark time as a family, we continue to mourn for all those involved. We also ask that our family’s privacy be respected. We know that peace and healing may not be something achieved in this lifetime, but we send our love and prayers to all those who are grieving at this time.”

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