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DNA leads to charges in 1983 Minneapolis cold case rape, murder – KMSP

– A St. Louis Park man has been charged with second degree murder after DNA evidence connected him to a 1983 rape and murder case.

62-year-old Darrell Bruce Rea faces 40 years in prison.

Around 10:30 a.m. April 2, 1983, officers were dispatched to the Soo Line Railroad tracks near 28th Avenue North in Minneapolis to investigate a report of a body found near the tracks. When they arrived, officers found a woman’s body. She was later identified as a 17-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim suffered “massive blunt force trauma” to her head. Officers also found fresh tire tracks in the dirt parking lot and markings that indicated her body was dragged to the site.

During the investigation, officers learned the victim attended a party the night of April 1 and returned home early the next morning. Family members said she got home around 2:30 a.m., but left

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DNA leads to charges in 1983 Minneapolis cold case rape, murder … – KMSP

– A St. Louis Park man has been charged with second degree murder after DNA evidence connected him to a 1983 rape and murder case.

62-year-old Darrell Bruce Rea faces 40 years in prison.

Around 10:30 a.m. April 2, 1983, officers were dispatched to the Soo Line Railroad tracks near 28th Avenue North in Minneapolis to investigate a report of a body found near the tracks. When they arrived, officers found a woman’s body. She was later identified as a 17-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim suffered “massive blunt force trauma” to her head. Officers also found fresh tire tracks in the dirt parking lot and markings that indicated her body was dragged to the site.

During the investigation, officers learned the victim attended a party the night of April 1 and returned home early the next morning. Family members said she got home around 2:30 a.m., but left

Read more at: http://www.fox9.com/news/dna-leads-to-charges-in-1983-minneapolis-cold-case-rape-murder

Charges Filed In Cold Case Murder Of County Supervisor’s Brother …

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 61-year-old man has been charged in the cold case murder of the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Michael Anthony Locklin faces one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery in the slaying of 37-year-old Michael Thomas, Ridley-Thomas’ brother.

Thomas, an insurance adjuster, was killed between Aug. 13-16, 1981, and his body was found at his home in the 4600 block of Santa Barbara Boulevard – now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – after he did not show up for church or work.

Locklin, whom prosecutors identified through DNA evidence, faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Aug. 21.

Read more at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/08/10/mark-ridley-thomas-brother-cold-case-murder/

Charges Filed In Cold Case Murder Of County Supervisor’s Brother

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 61-year-old man has been charged in the cold case murder of the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Michael Anthony Locklin faces one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery in the slaying of 37-year-old Michael Thomas, Ridley-Thomas’ brother.

Thomas, an insurance adjustor, was killed between Aug. 13 and Aug. 16, 1981 and his body was found at his home in the 4600 block of Santa Barbara Boulevard – now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – after he did not show up for church or work.

Locklin, whom prosecutors identified through DNA evidence, faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Aug. 21.

Read more at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/08/10/mark-ridley-thomas-brother-cold-case-murder/

Hearing continued for man seeking dismissal on cold case murder charges

WENATCHEE- A man accused in the 1982 cold-case murder of a Cashmere man appeared in court yesterday seeking dismissal on all charges.

Bernard Swaim has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder in the death of Steven Smith and is now asking the court to dismiss the charges. Swaim’s trial was set to begin August 22.

Swaim’s attorney, Nick Yedinak claimed his client was denied due process citing the County’s decision to delay charges for 34 years.

After three hours of testimony Judge Lesley Allan continued the hearing to next week

He also alleges Sheriff’s detectives mishandled evidence over that time causing prejudice to his client so that he can no longer receive a fair trial. Tuesday’s hearing included testimony from several including Sheriff Sergeant Jeff Middleton and Detective Josh Mathena.

Swaim and his ex-wife, Dawn Soles are both charged in Smith’s murder. Soles was also married to the victim and its alleged that she

Read more at: http://www.ncwlife.com/hearing-continued-man-seeking-dismissal-cold-case-murder-charges/

Murder charges filed in 1984 cold case in SE Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Murder charges have been filed in a 1984 cold case in southeastern Oklahoma.

Johnny Smith was killed on June 28th, 1984 during his shift at the K.C.S. Lumber Company in Idabel.

On the day of the murder, four witnesses said they heard a gunshot and then saw a man erratically driving a front-end loader, which belonged to the lumber company, past them.

Several minutes later, the witnesses told police that the same man drove a truck in the opposite direction and out of the gate of the lumber yard.

Three of those witnesses reportedly identified Ernest Lewis as the man driving both vehicles.

Officials at the lumber company said Lewis left work abruptly after claiming a family emergency shortly before Smith’s body was found.

The probable cause affidavit filed in McCurtain County says blood spatter was collected form a front-end loader bucket and rocks near Smith’s body, during the initial investigation in 1984.

At the

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Murder charges filed in 1984 cold case in S.E. Oklahoma | KFOR.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – Murder charges have been filed in a 1984 cold case in southeastern Oklahoma.

Johnny Smith was killed on June 28th, 1984 during his shift at the K.C.S. Lumber Company in Idabel.

On the day of the murder, four witnesses said they heard a gunshot and then saw a man erratically driving a front-end loader, which belonged to the lumber company, past them.

Several minutes later, the witnesses told police that the same man drove a truck in the opposite direction and out of the gate of the lumber yard.

Three of those witnesses reportedly identified Ernest Lewis as the man driving both vehicles.

Officials at the lumber company said Lewis left work abruptly after claiming a family emergency shortly before Smith’s body was found.

The probable cause affidavit filed in McCurtain County says blood spatter was collected form a front-end loader bucket and rocks near Smith’s body, during the initial investigation in 1984.

At the

Read more at: http://kfor.com/2017/07/26/murder-charges-filed-in-1984-cold-case-in-s-e-oklahoma/

Murder charges filed in 1989 homicide cold case of elderly couple

SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) – Authorities say a man jailed in western Indiana has waived extradition to face murder charges in North Carolina stemming from the 1989 deaths of an elderly couple in their home.

Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom said Friday that 42-year-old Eric Robert Begley of Shelburn, Indiana, had been in jail since May 27 on unrelated charges.

The Asheville, North Carolina, Police Department last week announced Begley was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 75-year-old Allene McMahan and 79-year-old Cleve McMahan. They were found dead in December 1989 after being beaten with a blunt object.

Begley was 14-years-old at the time of the slaying.

Cottom says Begley implicated himself in the McMahan slayings to officers shortly after his May arrest.

Begley faces Sullivan County charges including possession of a syringe.

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‘She’ll be able to rest in peace’: Sister of cold case victim speaks after murder charges laid

When Marylynn Poucachiche found out a man was being charged with first-degree murder in the death of her sister Rosianna, she went to visit her sister’s grave site.

“I went out to the cemetery and I told her to now rest in peace,” she said.

“I thought I would never get to say that or to feel that sense of relief. I cried pretty much all day [Thursday] as soon as I found out. I’m glad now she’ll be able to rest in peace.”

It’s a sad reminder of a life lost for Marylynn. She remembers her little sister, who was 17 at the time of her death, as full of potential and dreams.

“She was very outgoing, she was very active. She had a lot of ambition.” Marylynn said. “She had a lot of friends. She didn’t have any enemies.”

Rosianna’s body was found bloodied and

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/rosianna-poucachiche-cold-case-murder-lac-rapide-1.4195934