On the evening of January 8, 1996, James Belcher entered the townhouse of Jennifer Embry. There were no signs of forced entry. There, Belcher sexually battered and killed Embry. He strangled her by placing his hands around her neck and holding her head underneath the water in the bathtub.
At the time of the murder, Belcher lived near Florida Technical College, where Embry took classes. A friend of Embry’s and an employee of the college testified that they had seen Belcher and Embry talking on different occasions. After obtaining a warrant for a sample of Belcher’s blood, DNA tests revealed that the semen found inside Embry and on a slipper in her bathroom matched Belcher’s DNA profile.