Mother Of Julie Valentine Charged With Additional Murder

New DNA tech led to arrest

May 17, 2019 - 8:34 am

The following is a press release from the Greenville County Sherriff’s Office announcing charges have been filed in the Julie Valentine case:

Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have charged 53 year-old, Brook Graham in connection with an infant’s remains that were found in the woods, at the dead end of Bear Drive, on April 15, 1989. Investigators have since learned that the remains belonged to a newborn male, who was the brother of “Julie Valentine”. At the time of the investigation, DNA testing was not available any without any other available leads the case went cold. Upon the Greenville City Police Department’s arrest of Graham pertaining to her role in the murder of Julie Valentine, our office received an inquiry from the Greenville News pertaining to the unsolved death from April 15, 1989. Investigators re-opened the investigation and began comparing case files with the Greenville City Police Department and found striking similarities in the Julie Valentine case. As a result, investigators sent off available evidence to SLED for DNA testing and upon return, investigators confirmed a DNA match of the infant and Brook Graham. Greenville County Investigators have met with the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and found that at the time of the initial investigation, the medical examiner could not conclude that the baby was born dead or alive, thus investigators did not have probable cause to charge Graham with Murder but rather Unlawful Neglect of a Child and Destruction or Desecration of Human Remains. Graham, who is currently in the Greenville County Detention Center on the Murder charge of Julie Valentine, will await a bond hearing for these new charges. Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown had this to say regarding the closure of this case, “I am extremely grateful for the hard work of our investigators, the shared information from the Greenville News and our continued partnership with the Julie Valentine Center, who brings cases involving children to the forefront and grants them a voice that would otherwise go unheard.”

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