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DNA evidence and a tip lead police to Neenah homicide suspect

Posted at 6:51 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 20:01:10-05

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis — The man accused of shooting and killing Kevin “Hollywood” Hein during an armed robbery at a Neenah bar nearly a month ago, has been charged with the crime. On Wednesday as the suspect in the case made his first appearance in court, we learned how investigators tracked down the suspect.

Neenah police detectives say cracking this case took witness statements, a crime stoppers tip and DNA evidence to lead to the arrest of 36-year-old, Casey Cameron of Menasha.

On Wednesday in court Cameron heard the charges against him which included first degree intentional homicide, armed robbery and first degree recklessly endangering safety. Those are charges that have a penalty of life in prison plus 52 years if convicted on all charges to the maximum penalty.

According to the criminal complaint on October 14th Cameron robbed the Short Branch Saloon in Neenah at gunpoint. Detectives say during the robbery the suspect allegedly shot Kevin "Hollywood" Hein multiple times before fleeing the scene.

As police looked for evidence that would lead them to their suspect, a crime stoppers tip lead investigators to Casey Cameron, who matched the suspect’s description.

Police say Cameron's DNA left on handkerchiefs used to cover his face, found at the scene, also matched the DNA evidence investigators say they obtained while following Cameron. The Winnebago County District Attorney says police were following Cameron based on a crime stoppers tip that suggested he may have committed the crime.

"The officer observed the cigarette being thrown out the window and recovered that cigarette, sent it to the crime lab and they quickly processed the DNA and connected it with evidence found at the scene. Which ultimately helped them establish the identity," says Christian Gossett the Winnebago County District Attorney.

Casey Cameron was ordered to return to court on November 18th and the judge set his bond at 750-thousand dollars.

In the criminal complaint released on Wednesday it also states that Cameron’s wife is a bartender at the Short Branch Saloon and had just finished her shift shortly before the robbery took place. The District Attorney would not comment on whether or not his team is investigating her for any potential charges.