Assault suspect may be responsible for 2001 murder

6:55 AM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
Daniel Lee Mason III (Hall County Jail)
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Police have made an arrest in the April 2001 murder of a Gainesville woman.

The suspect, 40-year-old Daniel Lee Mason III, was arrested Dec. 5 for assaulting a woman in Gainesville, according to Gainesville Police Cpl. Joe Britte.

Mason was arrested and taken to the Hall County Jail. The 39-year-old victim was treated at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

During their investigation, police noticed several similarities between the assault and the 2001 murder of 37-year-old Crystal Star Barnette.

After following leads and vetting tips, investigators determined Mason was involved in Barnette's death and charged him accordingly, Britte said.

Mason now faces a number of charges related to the two cases, including murder, aggravated assault, battery, robbery, cocaine possession and giving false information.

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