Sacto 9-1-1
August 8, 2013
Sacramento man, 23, faces murder charge in slaying of Rosemont teen

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento County sheriff's officials announced this afternoon they have arrested a 23-year-old Sacramento man in connection with the killing of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam in March of last year.

BRK931jCIAIl91C.jpgRyan Douglas Roberts (pictured) is accused of beating, choking and stabbing the teen girl, then leaving her body in the dugout of one of Rosemont Community Park's baseball diamonds.

District Attorney Jan Sculley said Roberts will be charged with murder.

Roberts was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail this morning. Detectives said the investigation got a major boost Wednesday, when the District Attorney's Crime Lab alerted them they had a DNA hit on the case.

A DNA profile, based on evidence at the scene, had been uploaded into state and national databases. The match came after DNA from Roberts, taken when he was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge earlier this year, also was uploaded into the system.

No domestic violence charges were filed against Roberts because of insufficient evidence, Scully said.

A passerby found the body of Funk-Haslam - who was a student at Albert Einstein Middle School, which neighbors the park - the morning of March 6, 2012.

Investigators believed she went to the park, where she was known to hang out, the previous night. They believe she went there alone, after a fight with her mother, in hopes of finding people there to hang out with. Her body was found the next morning by a passerby.

In the ensuing investigation, detectives interviewed roughly 150 students and hundreds of residents living in the area.

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